Pioneers take two from Penn State-Greater Allegheny, improve to 20-3 on the year
March 21, 2012
Tom Pasinski beats the throw and avoids the tag for the winning run in game one. Photo by Evan Schall.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University totaled 25 hits and scored 19 runs in a doubleheader baseball sweep of Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Wednesday at Green Tree Park. The Pioneers won the opener, 9-8, on Javier Marticorena's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh and then took the nightcap, 10-6.
Point Park (20-3) has tied a season-long with eight wins in a row. The Pioneers began a 12-game homestand on Wednesday, and it continues this Friday and Saturday with a four-game series with SUNY-Canton. The first game on Friday starts at 12 p.m.
Marticorena was one of the many hitting stars on Wednesday, and the sophomore right fielder from Miami, Fla. was 5 for 8 with four runs and three RBIs on the day. His game-winning single in game one came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Penn State-Greater Allegheny (7-9) was trailing 8-7 and down to its last out when Oliver Girman lifted an RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh. In its half of the seventh, Point Park got a leadoff single by Tom Pasinski, who moved up on Rob Novia's ground out to second.
After a lineout and a hit batter, Marticorena laced his base hit to right field, and Pasinski beat the throw to the plate for the winning run.
Point Park collected 11 hits in game one, which helped to make up for its three errors. Novia was 3 for 4 to lead the way while Marticorena, Lee Bodnar and Pasinski picked up two hits apiece. Marlon Leyva and Ossie Alfonzo had two RBIs each.
Point Park scored five times in the first inning to take a 5-3 lead. An RBI double by Bodnar and a run-scoring single by Leyva highlighted the frame. PSU-GA, which had 13 hits in support of five pitchers, scored three runs in the fourth for a 7-5 lead. Ted Fricke, who was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, had a two-run double in the rally.
But Point Park knotted things up at 7-7 in its half of the fourth as Leyva lifted a sacrifice fly and Alfonzo drove in a run with a two-out single. In the fifth, Pasinski walked, moved to second on a balk and scored on Novia's RBI single for an 8-7 lead.
Mike Tullio (4-1) came on in relief to get the victory in both games. He worked the final 1.1 innings of game one. Nate Spohn got the start and went three innings before giving way to Isaiah Marsh for 2.2 innings. Marsh was in line for the win and Tullio the save before Girman's tying double in the top of the seventh.
Game two was tied at 5-5 through four innings before Point Park pulled away with its offense. Point Park's fifth inning included two-run doubles by Tom Birko and Novia to turn a 5-5 tie into a 9-5 lead. Both of those hits came with two outs. An error, a single and a walk had set the table of the outburst.
Marticorena belted his fourth homer of the year -- a solo shot to right-center field -- to make it 10-6 in the sixth inning.
Point Park starter Manny Perdomo left the game with the score 5-5 with two outs in the fourth. Of the five runs he gave up, only one was earned. Point Park made another two errors, but they were covered up by 14 hits on offense.
Perdomo gave up five hits in 3.2 innings with one strikeout and three walks. Tullio came in to finish off the last 3.1 innings. He gave up one run on three hits, struck out two and walked none.
Birko was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and Marticorena was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and his homer. Dillon Sauers and Steve Dujka each totaled two hits and an RBI.
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