Point Park pounds WVU Tech, 6-0 and 13-1, on Baseball Senior Day 2013
April 17, 20913 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Point Park University baseball seniors honored on Senior Day Tuesday were (L to R): Rob Novia, Ryan Loutsenhizer, Tom Pasinski, Sean Clark, Marlon Leyva, Josh Brooks, Austin Pressly and Don McDuffee.
By Kirsten Burkes, athletic communications student assistant
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University baseball defeated West Virginia Tech on its Senior Day at home and improved 29-13 after two wins Tuesday afternoon, 6-0 and 13-1.
The Pioneers scored six runs on 11 hits in the first game against four pitchers on WVU Tech and took an early lead in the first inning. Senior right fielder Don McDuffee started the inning with a single to right field and advanced on a stolen base. McDuffee, who went 3-3, scored on an infield hit by designated hitter Javy Marticorena.
Point Park advanced its lead to 2-0 against pitcher Cesar Chavez with a double by McDuffee to send senior center fielder Tom Pasinski home.
Relief pitcher Zack Thomas came in the bottom of the third to face first baseman Marlon Leyva who extended the lead with a one run home run over the left field fence.
Point Park scored half if its runs in the fourth inning after a balk and back-to-back bunts resulted in Zeke Grissinger replacing Thomas. After extending the lead to 4-0 on a bases-loaded walk to junior shortstop Chaz Russo, third baseman Jordan Crowell singled up the middle to send two more home. Crowell was 3 for 3 like McDuffee.
WVU Tech was unable to answer against senior pitcher Josh Brooks, who pitched seven shut-out innings in the 6-0 victory. Brooks totaled three strike outs and zero walks.
After celebrating their nine seniors in between games, Game 2 found the Pioneers down 1-0 in the first inning after leadoff hitter Kevin Bocock reached on an error and advanced on a stolen base. Three consecutive walks sent Bocock home to give the Golden Bears their only run in the game.
Point Park evened the score in the first, and it scored another five runs in the bottom of the second to take at 6-1 lead. The Pioneers scored five more in the third and ultimately scored 13 runs on 15 hits.
Point Park senior pitcher Austin Pressly (5-0) gave up only three hits and one run and earned the win in six innings while Jonathon Prince took the loss for WVU Tech.
Russo and Crowell both went 3 for 3 to lead Point Park in Game 2. Rob Novia was 2 for 3 with four RBIs, and Pasinski was 2 for 3 with a couple of runs. The big, five-run second included Novia's RBI bunt single, a two-run triple by McDuffee and an RBI double by Russo all in a row.
The five-run third included Novia's two-run single, Russo's RBI base hit and Leyva's two-RBI double. Novia capped off his senior day by pitching the final inning. The regular left fielder faced the minimum three batters and got a double play.
Point Park’s next game in Wednesday, April 17, at Clarion. Game time is at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader.