Point Park extends win streak to 10 games, opens series with sweep of SUNY-Canton
March 23, 2012
Pictured: Tom Pasinski (6) and Lee Bodnar. File Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games by beating visiting SUNY-Canton, 4-1 and 12-2, Friday afternoon at Green Tree Park.
The Pioneers (22-3) have won 10 games in a row to establish a new season-long. They finish the four-game, weekend series with SUNY-Canton (1-15) with a home doubleheader Saturday at 12 p.m.
Point Park's starting pitchers Derek Peluso and Ryan Loutsenhizer each went five innings and each gave up only one run. The Pioneers got some timely hitting to come away with the victory in game one. In game two, Point Park broke open a 2-1 game with 10 runs over its final two times at bat.
Peluso (4-0) got the victory in game one with eight strikeouts and three walks in five innings. He gave up only one run on six hits. Jon Corcoran earned the save by tossing two scoreless innings without giving up a run or a hit.
Javier Marticorena drove in two runs for Point Park, and Marlon Leyva had a couple of singles as the only Point Park player with more than one hit. Point Park had seven hits in all.
Marticorena gave Point Park a 1-0 lead with his RBI groudout int he first. The Pioneers put two runs on the board in the second when Leyva singled and was doubled home by Steve Dujka. Ossie Alfonzo followed with a run-scoring single to make it 3-1.
Point Park padded its lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Rob Novia doubled and scored on Marticorena's base hit.
Josh Soffer took the loss in a complete game for SUNY-Canton. The senior right-hander scattered seven hits over six innints, struck out one and walked one.
In game two, Point Park was leading 2-1 when it scored two runs in the fifth and eight more in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
The eight-run sixth inning included five hits, and all the runs scored with two outs. Lee Bodnar provided the big blow with a three-run double. Collecting RBI singles in the inning were Tom Pasinski, Tom Birko, Jonathan Tasis and Phil Navatsyk.
Pasinski and Marticorena each had two hits to lead the 10-hit attack. Marticorena picked up another two RBIs to give him a team-high 24 in 25 games. Bodnar scored three times in addition to driving in three.
Novia homered in the second to give Point Park a 1-0 lead. Bodnar followed with a walk, and Marticorena tripled him home. Marticorena also had an RBI single as part of Point Park's two-run fifth inning.
Ryan Loutsenhizer (3-0) got the victory in five strong innings for Point Park. The junior right-hander from North Huntingdon, Pa., allowed only one run on six hits, struck out four and walked one. Josh Brooks picked up the save by pitching the last two innings. He gave up a run on two hits.
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