Point Park tops previously unbeaten Campbellsville (KY), 6-4, finishes trip at 4-1
Feb. 26, 2012
Nathan Spohn got the win in 6.2 IP Sunday at Campbellsville. Photo courtesy CU Athletics.
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- The Point Park University baseball team finished its season-opening road trip with Sunday's 6-4 victory at previously unbeaten Campbellsville (KY), 6-4. Point Park (4-1) ended the nine-game winning streak that Campbellsville (9-1) had to start the season.
The victory gives the Pioneers four wins in five games against strong competition. The Pioneers, ranked just outside of the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll (Nov. 15) at No. 26 overall, opened up Friday with two wins at Martin Methodist (TN) and then split two games at Cumberland (TN) on Saturday.
Like Point Park, Martin Methodist and Campbellsville are receiving votes in the preseason rankings, and Cumberland is ranked No. 7 in the country.
On Sunday at Campbellsville, Point Park got 6.2 strong innings from starting pitcher Nathan Spohn, got some key hits and took advantage of three errors by the hosts.
The Pioneers broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the top of the fourth. Javier Marticorena, a native of Miami, Fla., doubled home Dillon Sauers, who had singled to start the inning. A run scored on Marlon Leyva's fielder's choice, and another run came home on a throwing error for a 3-0 lead.
Although the host Bulldogs made things 3-2 with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth, Spohn stranded two runners to end the threat and keep the lead. Point Park added some insurance with two runs on one hit in the sixth. An error and a wild pitch contributed to the scoring. More insurance runs came in the seventh when Lee Bodnar's double and Ossie Alfonzo's run-scoring single padded the lead to 6-2.
Spohn did everything but get the final out. He went 6.2 innings, withstood 11 hits, gave up four runs, walked two and struck out two. Spohn, a freshman left-hander from Greensburg, Pa., who transferred this year from West Chester University, threw 119 pitches before giving way to Mike Tullio for the save.
Campbellsville got two runs off of Spohn in the seventh. The inning started with an error, a single and a sacrifice fly. An RBI double knocked Spohn out of the box with a 6-4 lead. Tullio, a senior righty from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., tossed three pitches to finish off his third save of the weekend. Tullio has figured into all of the Pioneers' wins so far with three saves and a win.
Marticorena led the Point Park lineup by going 2 for 4 with an RBI and picking up two of the Pioneers' six hits. Campbellsville had 11 hits and entered the day averaging double digits in runs scored.
Point Park continues its road games with a doubleheader at non-conference West Virginia Tech on Tuesday at 12 p.m. Those are the last two games before the Pioneers head south for 10 games at the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational March 4-9. Follow us on Twitter @PointParkSports and @PPUbaseball