Point Park takes win twice at WV Tech, will take a 6-1 record to its trip to Florida
Feb. 28, 2012
Tom Birko was 3 for 4 with 6 RBIs in game two at WV Tech. Photo courtesy CU athletics.
MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The Point Park University baseball team won two non-conference games at West Virginia Tech on Tuesday afternoon and has a 6-1 record entering its annual spring break trip to Florida this coming weekend.
Right-hander Manny Perdomo allowed only four hits in a complete-game effort to lift Point Park to a 3-2 win in the opener. In the nightcap, the Pioneers won, 12-3, as Tom Birko led the way by going 3 for 4 with 6 RBIs. Rob Novia was 3 for 3 to aid in the Pioneers' 10-hit attack in game 2.
Perdomo, a sophomore from Hialeah, Fla., and a transfer from NAIA St. Thomas (FL) University, gave up all four of hits hits -- all singles -- in WV Tech's two-run second inning. The Golden Bears (4-4) had two runs on four hits in that inning to take an early, 2-1 lead, but other than that, it was always zeros on the board for Perdomo.
Perdomo struck out three, walked three and had error-less defense behind him. Perdomo had a 3.94 ERA as a freshman at St. Thomas, and he pitched 4.2 innings in the Bobcats' NAIA Opening Round appearance last year.
Catcher Ossie Alfonzo, a native of Miami, Fla., and a transfer from Miami Dade College, was 2 for 4 with two RBIs in game 1. He had two of the Pioneers' five hits, including an RBI single in the first. Tom Pasinski, who hit in the No. 2 slot, had doubled earlier in the inning and scored twice in the game.
In the third, the top of the order again got things going as leadoff man Birko and Pasinski each reach to get things started. Alfonzo followed two batters later with another RBI single to score Pasinski and tie things at 2-2.
Point Park got the winning run in the sixth when Marlon Leyva singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Dillon Sauers' go-ahead single.
In game two, Point Park took a 5-0 lead after three and half innings, but WV Tech cut the deficit to 5-3 in its half of the fourth. Point Park then made it a rout with a combined seven runs over its last two times at bat to stretch the final score to 12-3.
Birko had a hand driving in runs in every outburst as he collected a career-high six RBIs, doubled twice among his three hits and scored two runs. He is a sophomore second baseman from Kennedy Twp., Pa., and Montour HS.
Pasinski was 1 for 2 with three RBIs and a double. And since No. 3 hitter Lee Bodnar was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a double, that means the top three hitters of Birko, Pasinski and Bodnar were a combined 6 for 11 with nine RBIs.
The bottom of the order also had production with Novia going 3 for 3 and Dillon Sauers walking three times and scoring four runs as the Nos. 8-9 hitters. Point Park ahd 10 hits in all.
Point Park starter Josh Brooks went five innings in game two and got the win. A junior right-hander from Pheonix, Ariz., and a transfer from NAIA Ottawa (Kan.) University, Brooks struck out three, walked three and gave up five hits over five innings.
Sophomore Jon Corcoran, a native of Fox Chapel, Pa., pitched the last two innings of scoreless ball and gave up one one hit.
Point Park will take its 6-1 record to its spring break trip to the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational. The Pioneers leave for the trip Thursday night and their 10-game slate down south lasts from March 4-9.
In Florida, Point Park's schedule is versus entirely NAIA competition. Among the opponents is preseason No. 23 Madonna and traditionally strong NAIA programs St. Xavier (IL) and Olivet Nazarene (IL). The Pioneers will also see Lourdes (OH), Calumet College of St. Joseph's (Ind.) and Trinity Christian (IL) on the trip.
Point Park returns from its Florida trip for the home opener -- a doubleheader versus Penn State-Beaver -- March 14 at Green Tree Park (12 p.m.).
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