No. 10 Point Park wins two AMC games at Walsh, 3-1 and 11-6
April 13, 2012
Derek Peluso got the W in Game One to improve to 6-1. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Point Park University, the No. 10 team in NAIA baseball, won at Walsh University, 3-1 and 11-6, on Friday to open the four-game, American Mideast Conference series.
Point Park (34-7, 6-0 AMC) hosts Walsh (22-18, 7-3 AMC) for the final two games of the series in a doubleheader at Green Tree Park on Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m. Both games will be aired live on internet radio by WPPJ-AM 670 at www.wppjradio.com.
Point Park got three key hits with runners in scoring position in the opener, and that was enough for winning pitcher Derek Peluso (6-1). In the second game, Point Park erased a 6-1 deficit with eight runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Peluso, a senior right-hander from Zelienople, Pa., and Seneca Valley High School, went 6.1 innings in the opener, and his only blemish was a solo homer to start the bottom of the seventh.
Peluso blanked Walsh for the first six innings and finished with seven strikeouts and one walk. He gave up eight hits. Mike Tullio, a senior from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., picked up his 10th save of the year by pitching the last 0.2 innings and leaving the tying run at first base.
Point Park scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, and each time the Pioneers were able to come up with a key base hit after getting a runner in scoring position.
In the fourth, Marlon Leyva singled, moved to second on a groundout, and pinch runner Phil Navatsyk scored on an RBI single from Don McDuffee with two outs.
In the fifth, Tom Birko led off with a triple and scored on Rob Novia's base hit. An inning later, Leyva was hit by a pitch and moved up on a groundout. Jonathan Tasis followed with a run-scoring single to make it 3-0.
Losing pitcher David Roper (2-5) went all seven innings for Walsh with six strikeouts, two walks and seven hits against.
Both teams had 11 hits in game two, and Walsh gave up its 6-1 lead thanks to Point Park's eight runs on four hits and four errors in the top of the sixth. The Pioneers sent 14 batters to the plate in the decisive inning, and the Cavaliers had to make two pitching changes to get out of the frame.
Walsh starter Joe Tann gave up only one run through the first five innings, but he left the game without getting an out in the sixth. He struck out seven, walked two and was charged with four runs, only two of which were earned.
The trouble began for Tann in the sixth when Lee Bodnar doubled, Ossie Alfonzo singled and Leyva walked to start the inning. That was it for Tann, and Steve Dujka greeted the reliever with an RBI single.
An infield error allowed a couple of runs to score, and after another pitching change, Birko's bases-loaded walk forced in a run.
Then things really came unraveled when Novia stroked an RBI single for one of his four hits. On the play, an outfield error allowed two other runs to score. Novia came around to score when Bodnar reached on another outfield error. That was it for the damage in the sixth although Novia's RBI single and Bodnar's sacrifice fly in the seventh increased the lead to 11-6.
Novia was 4 for 5 with two RBIs, and Birko was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.
Point Park used three pitchers, and Horacio Acosta (2-0) got the victory in 1.2 innings of relief. The junior righty from Miami, Fla., relieved starter Ryan Loutsenhizer with one out in the fifth.
Acosta struck out two, walked two and gave up one hit. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and worked a scoreless sixth before handing it over to Tullio in a non-save situation in the seventh.
Walsh's 6-1 lead was built mainly on first-inning, solo homers by Justin Clements and Tim Stinson and an RBI double by Tyler Jones in the third. The Cavs added three more runs in the fifth to chase Loutsenhizer. Clements, Stinson and Jones had two hits apiece.
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