Point Park bumps win streak to 9 in a row, scores 27 runs in sweep of PSU-Beaver
Updated -- April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Javy Marticorena in a game vs. PSU-Beaver last year. Point Park File Photo.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball bumped its win streak up to nine in a row and scored 27 runs in a sweep of a non-conference baseball doubleheader versus Penn State-Beaver on Wednesday at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.
The Pioneers won, 16-8 and 11-0, to improve to 18-11 overall. The current streak has been built mostly on offense as the Pioneers have scored 106 runs the last nine games for an average of 11.8 runs per game.
Point Park needed to overcome some early deficits of 5-2 and 7-4 in Game 1, but it had plenty of offense with 16 total runs in the game. Senior right-hander Josh Brooks, from Phoenix, Ariz., improved to 3-0 as he picked up the victory in 3.1 innings of relief.
Hitting stars for Point Park in Game 1 were Chaz Russo and Marlon Leyva, who each had five RBIs. Russo was 3 for 4 and scored a couple of runs. Leyva was 2 for 2 with a home run, a double, two walks and a sacrifice bunt mixed in.
Leyva belted a two-run double in the first and smashed a two-run homer in the fourth and now leads the Pioneers in doubles (8), homers (2) and RBIs (24).
The score was still tied at 8-8 in Game 1 until the Pioneers erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tom Birko ripped an RBI triple for one of his two hits and two RBIs. Tom Pasinski added an RBI single and finished 3 for 5 with two driven in.
Javy Marticorena had two hits in the game, the Pioneers totaled 14 as a team.
Michael Cetta, from Miami, Fla., got his first start in a Point Park uniform and lasted 2.2 innings. Ryan Loutsenhizer pitched the seventh inning in a non-save situation.
The story of Game 2 -- even with the 11 runs put up by the Pioneers -- was winning pitcher Toby Eigner. The native of Marathon, Fla., who transferred from the junior-college level this year, tossed a complete-game 1-hitter. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a base hit dropped into right field to lead off the seventh.
Eiger struck out seven, walked one, and after giving up a walk to start the game, he retired the next 18 in a row before the base hit to start the last inning.
Point Park led Game 2, 8-0, after one inning as the offense came from the start. Russo was 3 for 3 with two more RBIs to give him a total of six hits and seven RBIs on the day. Russo was 2 for 2 in the first inning alone, and his two-run single capped off the eight-run first.
Backup catcher Tyler Cattapan got the start in the nightcap and was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He ripped a two-run double in the big first inning and also drove in a run with a single in the second for a 9-0 lead.
Leyva added another couple of RBIs on his double in the first and was 1 for 3 in the game. Marticorena also had a good game with three singles in four at bats and two RBIs. Jordan Crowell was 2 for 4 and scored two runs as the Pioneers racked up 16 hits.
Point Park's next games are in weekend series with KIAC foe Brescia (Ky.) on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a doubleheader each day at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park with playing getting underway Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.