No. 9 Point Park opens AMC play with two wins over Houghton, 19-0 and 10-7
March 30, 2012
Tom Pasinski had a big day for the Pioneers on Friday. File photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- No. 9 Point Park University opened its American Mideast Conference baseball schedule Friday with two wins over visiting Houghton College by scores of 19-0 and 10-7 at Green Tree Park.
Point Park (26-3, 2-0 AMC) moved up to No. 9 in Tuesday's NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll after being just outside of the Top 25 in the preseason poll. The Pioneers have now won 14 in a row and are 10-0 at home. They finish a 10-game homestand with a doubleheader vs. Houghton (3-16, 0-4 AMC) Saturday at 12 p.m.
Derek Peluso (5-0) remained unbeaten and tossed a one-hitter in the 19-0 win over Houghton on Friday. The 6-2, senior right hander from Zelienople, Pa., and Seneca Valley High School allowed only a one-out double in the fourth inning.
Peluso had retired the first 10 men he faced before giving up the two-bagger in the fourth. He allowed only three more base runners after that and faced just three over the minimum in the complete-game shutout. He struck out seven and walked one.
Point Park's 19 runs came on 19 hits and were aided by six Houghton errors. Phil Navatsyk, a sophomore shortstop from Chardon, Ohio, was 3 for 5 with three RBIs as the No. 9 hitter.
Rob Novia, a left fielder from North Port, Fla., and Tom Pasinski, a center fielder from West Mifflin, Pa., were both 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
Catcher Ossie Alfonzo, from Hialeah, Fla., and second baseman Tom Birko, from Kennedy Twp., Pa., each had two hits and two RBIs. Third baseman Lee Bodnar added two hits and an RBI.
Point Park scored in each of its six times at bat. The Pioneers got five runs in the second, and they added on to their 10-0 lead by scoring five times in the fifth and four more times in the sixth.
Point Park led game two, 4-1, after two innings. Although they were clinging to a 4-3 lead after four, the Pioneers went ahead, 10-3, with six runs across the fifth and sixth innings. Houghton, which is in its first year of baseball sponsorship, scored four times in the top of the seventh to make the final score closer.
The Pioneers totaled 12 hits in game two, which was actually one less than the Highlanders. Novia, Pasinski and Birko each turned in another multi-hit game. Novia was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Birko was 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs and Pasinski was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Nine different players had a hit for Point Park in game two.
Ryan Loutsenhizer (4-0) got the victory in the second game. The junior from Norwin High School went 6.1 innings with two strikeouts and one walk. He gave up six runs on 11 hits. Loutsenhizer got into trouble in the fourth and seventh innings, although those were the only innings that he gave up more than one hit.
Houghton closed the final margin to three runs by scoring four runs on five hits in the seventh. Josh Brooks came on to get the final two outs although not in a save situation.
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