No. 10 Point Park beats Glenville State twice, finishes regular season at 44-7
April 27, 2012
Lee Bodnar was 5 for 8 with four RBIs and four runs on the day. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University, the No. 10 team in NAIA baseball, finished the regular season at 44-7 overall after Friday's sweep of Glenville State, 8-1 and 18-7, in a non-conference doubleheader at Green Tree Park.
Point Park (44-7, 11-0 AMC) will take a 12-game winning streak into the postseason, which begins with the Unaffiliated Group Tournament May 1-4 in Kinston, N.C. The Pioneers are the top seed in the six-team, double-elimination event with the winner qualifying for the NAIA Opening Round, the regional stage prior to the NAIA World Series.
In the 12 innings that it came to bat in Friday's doubleheader, Point Park put up 26 runs on 29 hits and had just one inning in each game that it failed to score. The Pioneers ended the year with a record of 20-2 in home games.
Glenville State, members of the NCAA Division II and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, dropped to 5-35 on the year.
Point Park starting pitchers Nate Spohn (7-0) and Ryan Loutsenhizer (5-0) each went five innings and kept their perfect records in tact.
Spohn, a freshman left-hander from Greensburg, Pa., gave up one three hits in five shutout innings. He left the game with a 6-0 lead after striking out five and walking two.
Loutsenhizer, a junior righty from North Huntingdon, Pa., kept Glenville State off the board in first three innings when he faced only one batter over the minimum. But the visiting Pioneers put up some runs at the end of his outing. Loutsenhizer ended up giving up 10 hits and six runs (four earned) with two strikeouts and no walks.
Glenville State had cut the game-two deficit to 6-4 with four runs in the fourth, but Point Park had plenty of offense with a total of 20 hits. After five runs in the first inning, the Point Park bats were held down a bit before erupting for seven runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth for a 17-6 edge.
Senior third baseman Lee Bodnar led the Pioneers' nine-hit output in game one by going 3 for 3 with two RBIs. Bodnar, one of five seniors being honored on Senior Day, was 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a solo home run in the nightcap.
For Bodnar, he continued his hot hitting as he's hitting .465 (20 for 43) his last 14 games. That tear has his season average up to .315. Although his average had not been up to the standard of the two-time All-AMC first-team, Bodnar has returned to the form that has made him one of the toughest outs in the conference the last two and a half season.
Another hitting star from Friday was Ossie Alfonzo, who was 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs on the day. He was the DH on Friday, but is mainly a catcher. The sophomore from Hialeah, Fla., has come on strong since some injuries to the lineup have put him in the cleanup spot.
Jonathan Tasis, a sophomore from Miami, Fla., collected three RBIs on the day. He was one of several players who picked up multiple RBIs in the 18-7 drubbing.
Marlon Leyva led the offense with a 3-for-3 performance. Tallying two hits apiece were Tom Birko, Rob Novia, Bodnar, Steve Dujka, Tom Pasinski and Dillon Sauers. Driving in two runs each were Novia, Bodnar, Tyler Cattapan, Pasinski and Sauers.
Cattapan, the third-string catcher, belted a two-run homer for the first long ball of his career. Don McDuffee added a team-high three RBIs. Point Park's six extra-base hits also include two doubles by Sauers and one each by Leyva and Tasis.
Friday was also Senior Day, and the five seniors dressing for the final time in a home game were Lee Bodnar (3B), Derek Peluso (RHP), Dillon Sauers (SS), Mike Tullio (RHP) and Steve Dujka (1B).
At a team function after the games, head coach Loren Torres and his staff handed out some team awards as follows:
2012 Point Park Baseball Team Awards
Team MVP (tie) -- Derek Peluso (RHP, 8-1, 1.92 ERA) and Rob Novia (LF, .372 / .448 / .475)
Pitcher of the Year -- Peluso
Offensive Player of the Year -- Javier Marticorena (RF, .384, 7 HR, 34 RBIs, 37 G)
Defensive Player of the Year -- Tom Pasinski (CF)
Freshman of the Year -- Nate Spohn (LHP, 7-0, 2.57 ERA)
Batting Champion --- Marticorena .384 (43 for 112)
Follow us on Twitter @PointParkSports and Facebook.com/PointParkAthletics