#6 Point Park splits DH with (RV) Davenport on first day of Florida trip
March 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Javy Marticorena rips a double to LF in the first inning of Game 1 vs. Davenport. Photo by Lauren Jones.
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- No. 6 Point Park University began its spring trip to Florida on Sunday by splitting a doubleheader with Davenport (Mich.), which is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. Point Park won the first game, 3-2, but then lost the second game, 12-2.
Davenport (11-6) entered the day on a seven-game win streak, but Point Park (3-3) put an end to that with the 3-2 win the opener. The winning run came home on a suicide squeeze bunt by Marlon Leyva in the fifth inning. The Pioneers weren't as sharp in Game 2 as they fell behind, 8-2, after three innings and were out-hit, 15-3.
Senior right-hander Sean Clark (1-1) pitched another strong six innings to get the win in Game 1. He limited Davenport to two runs on seven hits and totaled two strikeouts and two walks. Freshman Michael Cetta, a transfer from Florida State, picked up his second save of the year by working a scoreless seventh and cutting down the potential tying run on the base paths for the second out of the inning.
Trailing, 3-2, Davenport's Carey Ross singled to start the top of the seventh. That was the last batter that Clark faced as Cetta took to the hill. Ross was sacrificed to second, but was then caught in a rundown between second and third when the next batter grounded back to Cetta, who got the last out via fly ball.
Each team had seven hits in the opener, and Point Park's offense mainly came from three players who were all 2 for 3 -- Rob Novia, Tom Birko and Javy Marticorena, the Pioneers' No. 2-4 hitters.
Birko singled with two outs in the first and moved to third on the first of two doubles by Marticorena in the game. Birko came home on an error for an early, 1-0 lead for the Pioneers. In the third, Point Park tied things up at 2-2 when Novia singled and scored on Marticorena's RBI double.
In the fifth, the Pioneers got the winning run, and it was once again Novia who got things started. Novia singled, and Birko's base hit put runners at the corners with no outs. Two batters later, courtesy runner Austin Scotti came home on Leyva's squeeze.
Clark faced trouble in the first inning as Davenport loaded the bases with no outs after three singles. But the senior from Titusville, Pa., got out of it on a line out to third, a pop-out to short, and a grounder back to the mound. Clark settled in after that and produced 1-2-3 innings in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Clark did give up two runs on three hits in the third, but one of the runs came home on the back end of a double play. An RBI single by Edward Grochowalski with two outs gave Davenport a brief, 2-1 lead.
Davenport starter Michael Clutterbuck went five innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. No. 3 hitter Jotham Woo was 2 for 3.
The second game was all Davenport from the start as the Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings. Point Park did put together two runs in the third, but Davenport regained the six-run lead with two more in the bottom of the inning.
Neither starting pitcher lasted very long as Davenport's Drew Sain gave up two runs and walked four before leaving after 2.1 innings. Point Park starter Nathan Sphon gave up eight runs in two innings.
Point Park was plagued with nine strikeouts -- three by starter Sain and six by reliever Danny Sullivan. Sullivan shut down any chance of a comeback the Pioneers had by blanking them the final 4.2 innings. Sullivan retired 12 of the final 13 hitters he faced from the fourth inning on.
Point Park gets right back into action on Monday with another doubleheader versus a team getting national mention. The Pioneers face NAIA No. 24 Madonna (Mich.) (5-3) on Monday at 12:30 p.m. Follow Live Stats of that DH courtesy of Madonna sports info: LIVE STATS