No. 6 Point Park tops Asbury (Ky.), 10-6, in 10 innings to conclude KIAC series
March 16, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Tom Pasinski hit a 2-run single in the Top of the 10th and scored on an E8. Photo by Kevin Taylor.
WILMORE, Ky. -- No. 6 Point Park University earned a hard-fought, 10-6 victory at Asbury (Ky.) University in 10 innings Saturday in Game 4 of the KIAC series. The game was scheduled for seven innings, but the Pioneers (9-9, 2-2 KIAC) scored four runs in the top of the 10th to come away with a 2-2 split in the weekend series versus Asbury (9-22, 2-2 KIAC).
It was a wild couple of days in Wilmore, Ky., as the teams played three seven-inning games on Friday to try and beat the rain forecasted for Saturday. Asbury won two of three on Friday, but Point Park came out early on Saturday with a 5-0 lead after three innings of Game 4.
But a wild fourth inning saw Asbury tie things up at 5-5 with five runs on two hits, four walks and two hit batters. Two innings later, Tom Birko gave Point Park a 6-5 lead with his big, solo homer in the top of the sixth.
But Asbury forced extra innings when they tied it at 6-6 after a double from Tyler Messner, a single from Andrew Cook and a sacrifice fly from Logan Crum in the bottom of the seventh.
Point Park had runners on in the eighth and ninth innings but could not scratch across any go-ahead runs. The Pioneers finally broke through in the 10th as Tyler Cattapan walked and Ossie Alfonzo was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Tom Pasinski stroked a two-run single up the middle. On the play, the ball got by the center fielder for an error, and the speedy Pasinski came all the way around to score for a 9-6 lead. The Pioneers added another run on an infield erorr as a runner scored from third.
In the bottom of the tenth, winning pitcher Ryan Loutsenhizer closed things out for Point Park. The 6-4 senior from North Huntingdon, Pa., came on for three scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one hit in that span. A two-out double in the 10th and an error in the eighth were the only runners allowed on base by Loutsenhizer (2-0), who racked up four strikeouts.
Michael Cetta came on for 3.2 innings of relief before Loutsenhizer took over. Cetta got the Pioneers out of the crazy fourth inning with the score still tied 5-5. He gave up one run on six hits, walked none and struck out one.
Austin Pressly started for Point Park and yielded only one hit in hits 3.1 innings. But he walked three and hit a batter and was lifted with one out in the fourth after a hit by pitch and a wild pitch. Reliever Bryan Lopez came in but walked three and hit a batter in his four batters faced. That brought home three runs, and although Cetta ended up getting out of the inning with the score still tied at 5-5, he too gave up a couple of runs when he came in.
That left Point Park to rally for the go-ahead and eventually winning runs in the late innings, something that it had not done much of this year. When Asbury scored its run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-6, that put the season aggregate at 10-1 for Point Park being outscored in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings on the year. That stat included 8-1 in the seventh inning.
But the Pioneers found the late offense that it had been looking for all year in the 10th. Point Park ended up with 10 hits, and sophomore third baseman Jordan Crowell led the way at 3 for 6 with three RBIs. The transfer from Northwestern Ohio hit a two-run homer in the second inning for a 2-0 lead.
McDuffee was 2 for 5 with a run, and Birko was 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. Javy Marticorena and Tyler Cattapan picked up RBIs in what was a Point Park lineup that was a little re-worked to get more pop in the middle of the order.
The Pioneers put three runs together in the third as No. 4-6 hitters Marticorena, Crowell and Cattapan all delivered RBI singles. Earlier in the inning, Birko singled and moved up on McDuffee's bunt before Chaz Russo was hit by a pitch.
Asbury used three pitchers with none lasting more than 3.1 innings. Starter Anthony Palmer went 2.2 innings and gave up five runs. The Pioneers had a harder time versus middle reliever Chad Warner, who gave up only two hits and struck out four in his 3.1 innings.
Micah Pace came on next, and the Asbury closer ended up with the loss with four runs given up in 3.1 innings. Pace kept the Pioneers off the board his first three innings, but Point Park got to him at the start of the 10th in what was his longest outing of the year.
Point Park was scheduled to play at Shawnee State on Sunday, but the non-conference DH has been postponed due to weather. The Pioneers' next games are the home openers versus Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Wed., March 20 at 1 p.m. (DH) at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park.