Point Park splits non-conf. DH at Clarion, drops two spots to No. 10 in NAIA Poll
April 10, 2012
Jonathan Tasis was 2 for 4 with three RBIs to spark the 8-5 win over Clarion. Photo by Evan Schall.
CLARION, Pa. -- The Point Park University baseball team came away with a doubleheader split at NCAA Division II Clarion University on Tuesday as the the Pioneers won the opener, 8-5, but lost the nightcap, 10-5.
In the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 Poll that came out Tuesday (April 10), Point Park (32-7, 4-0 AMC) dropped two spots to No. 10. The Pioneers were 3-3 last week but still retained their top-10 ranking for the third consecutive week.
After Tuesday's split at Clarion, the Pioneers are 5-4 versus NCAA Division II competition. Point Park continues its play versus NCAA DII teams with two games at Glenville State (W.Va.) Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Point Park's lineup was not at full strength Tuesday, but it was still able to score 13 runs and bang out 20 hits across the doubleheader.
Starting right fielder and cleanup hitter Javier Marticorena missed his first games with a knee injury, and with starting shortstop Dillon Sauers continuing to be out for going on two weeks, the Pioneers had to shuffle their lineup.
Lee Bodnar shifted over from third base to shortstop, and Jonathan Tasis got both starts at third. Don McDuffee started both games in right field, and he and Tasis were both 3 for 6 on the day.
Point Park got a strong pitching performance from Manny Perdomo (5-0) in the opener as he remained unbeaten by going 6.1 innings. The sophomore right-hander from Hialeah, Fla., held Clarion to two runs on four hits the first six innings.
Perdomo gave up three runs on one hit in the seventh and ended up with four strikeouts and four walks in his outing. Four of the five runs he gave up were earned, and he yielded six hits.
Jon Corcoran came into get the last two outs of game one and picked up his second save of the year. He retired both batters he faced after entering the game with the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Point Park did all of its scoring in two innings. The Pioneers got four in the second inning for a 4-0 lead and four more in the sixth to pad their lead to 8-2.
Tasis, who was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs, stroked a two-run single in the second. Later in the inning, Tom Pasinski delivered an RBI single, and Tom Birko knocked in a run when he reached on an error.
In the sixth, Point Park put together five hits including RBI singles from Steve Dujka and Tasis and a two-run double by Birko.
Ossie Alfonzo and Marlon Leyva were each 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and they were responsible for getting both four-run innings started. The Pioneers No. 4-6 hitters Alfonzo, Leyva, Dujka and Tasis were all 2 for 4. Birko ended up with three RBIs from his lead-off spot.
In the second game, Clarion scored in all but one inning on its way to leads of 4-0 after three innings and 7-1 after four innings. Point Park got within 7-5 with four runs in the fifth, but Clarion scored three more in the sixth and went on to win, 10-5.
Clarion's Matt Rossi belted a two-run homer -- his second long ball of the afternoon -- to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead after three.
Point Park got on the board when a run scored on a wild pitch in the fourth only to have Clarion put up a three-spot in its half of the inning. Joe Kemmer's two-run triple highlighted the inning.
Trailing, 7-1, Point Park showed some late fight but had its rally come up short. In what was another five-hit inning for the Pioneers, Birko led off with a single, and Rob Novia reached on a bunt single to set up Lee Bodnar's RBI double.
Leyva followed two batters later with a two-RBI single, and McDuffee drove in a run with a base hit later on.
Isaiah Marsh (1-2) went the distance for Point Park and took the loss. A good-hitting Clarion team that hits over .300 totaled 12 hits. Marsh struck out five, walked two and gave up eight earned runs.
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