No. 9 Point Park pounds Salem International, improves to 37-7 overall
April 18, 2012
Point Park picked up win #37 Wednesday, just one less than last year's total. Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University, ranked No. 9 in NAIA baseball, pounded visiting Salem International, 17-0, in a non-conference game Wednesday at Green Tree Park. The game went the full nine innings that it was scheduled for.
Point Park (37-7, 8-0 AMC) pounded out 18 hits, and winning pitcher Manny Perdomo (6-0) limited Salem International (4-37) to two hits in seven innings. Perdomo combined on the shutout with reliever Horacio Acosta, who racked up four strikeouts in just two innings.
Point Park's 18 hits on the day came from 14 different players. Of the 18 players who got an at bat, all but four had at least one hit. Twenty-one of the 23 Point Park players in uniform saw action in the game.
The Pioneers put the game out of reach with 10 runs on eight hits in the fourth inning. Salem starting pitcher Myles Swartz (2-10) started the inning, and he was one of four Tigers pitcher to work in the frame.
Point Park sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth. Sophomore second baseman Tom Birko, a native of Kennedy Twp., Pa., was 3 for 4 on the day, and he was 2 for 2 in the fourth inning alone. Birko finished with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Steve Dujka, a senior first baseman from St. Charles, Ill., was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. He ripped an RBI double midway through the 10-run inning.
Lee Bodnar, a senior third baseman from Chartiers, Pa., finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs. He had a walk and a two-run single in the big inning.
The fourth inning started with a double by Don McDuffee and a base by Dillon Sauers. Birko laid down a bunt single, and Rob Novia followed with a two-run single.
There were four walks and a hit batter in the inning. Mixed in were an RBI single from Ossie Alfonzo, Dujka's RBI double and two-run singles from Birko and Bodnar.
Point Park had taken an early lead with three runs in the third with Birko scoring on a wild pitch, Marlon Leyva delivering an RBI double and Dujka chipping in a sacrifice fly.
Already leading, 13-0, Dujka added a run-scoring single in the sixth. A base hit and two walks had loaded the bases.
The Pioneers added three runs in the last of the eighth, but by that time, it was backups who were driving in the runs. In fact, the Pioneers sent five straight pitchers in as pinch hitters, and they combined to go 2 for 5 with two RBI singles.
The Point Park eighth included a lead-off triple from Jonathan Tasis, and an RBI single from third-string catcher Tyler Cattapan. Then came the string of pitchers up to bat. After Derek Peluso flew out to right, a left-handed hitting Sean Clark ripped a run-scoring single to right-center field.
Although Mike Tullio went down looking, Ryan Loutsenhizer stroked an RBI base hit. Nate Spohn then flew out to center to end the threat.
Not only were the pitchers well-represented on offense, the Point Park pitching was also in good hands with Perdomo and Acosta.
Perdomo, a sophomore right-hander from Hialeah, Fla., collected seven strikeouts, walked two and gave up only two hits. One was a clean single to center in the fourth, and the other was a bloop single in the seventh, his last inning of work.
Perdomo cruised through his seven scoreless innings, and he didn't face more than four batters in any inning.
Acosta, a junior from Miami, Fla., came on for the eighth and ninth innings, and the side-arming right-hander caught three batters looking to start his outing. His strikeout to end the game gave him four punchouts in the six outs he recorded.
Point Park's next games are Friday and Saturday versus visiting Fisher (Mass.) College. The four-game, AMC series was originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but was moved up a day. The first game on Friday is at 1 p.m. First pitch on Saturday is 11 a.m. All games at Green Tree Park.
The Pioneers had their Senior Day scheduled for Sunday. Since there are no longer any games scheduled that day, a new date for Senior Day is TBA.
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