Alfonzo's two slams in Game 1 highlight Point Park's sweep of IU Southeast
March 14, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Ossie Alfonzo hit two grand slams in Game 1 of the doubleheader at IU Southeast. Photo by Jackie Eigner.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- On a day with many, many offensive highlights for No. 19 Point Park University baseball, it was Ossie Alfonzo's two grand slams in Game 1 of the doubleheader that highlighted the offensive outburst of the Pioneers.
Point Park (12-7, 2-0 KIAC) opened KIAC baseball play on Friday with a doubleheader sweep of IU Southeast (10-11, 0-2). The Pioneers won the first game 26-6 behind Alfonzo's two grand slams and took the night cap, 9-6, with another 18 hits collected.
Point Park totaled 44 hits and 35 runs on the day. Although several players had an outstanding day at the plate, Alfonzo's unique accomplishment stood out. Alfonzo is a senior catcher from Miami, Fla.
The 26-6 victory in Game 1 got off to a great start for the visiting Pioneers with 14 runs in the top of the first inning. Point Park was already up, 10-0, when Alfonzo stepped up as the 16th batter of the inning and delivered his first granny on a 1-0 pitch with two outs.
Alfonzo's second blast came in the five-run top of the seventh to increase the lead to 26-2. IU Southeast, which was picked to finish second in the KIAC right behind Point Park, scored four runs in its last at bat. Alfonzo was 5 for 9 with 9 RBIs in the doubleheader.
Point Park banged out 26 hits in Game 1. Alfonzo was 3 for 5 with eight RBIs. Oscar Romero went a perfect 4 for 4 while Jordan Crowell was 4 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs.
Two players had four RBIs apiece -- Tyler Cattapan (2 for 4, 2 runs) and Michael DeJesus (2 for 4, 3 runs). Cattpan got the 14-run first inning started with a two-run single. Romero and Stefan Mrkonja each followed with an RBI base hit before DeJesus cleared the bases with a three-run double.
The first inning continued with Crowell forcing in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Cattapan doing the same on a hit by pitch. Alfonzo was the next batter with his first slam. Point Park's 14 runs in the first were all earned, and the 25 of the 26 runs in the game were earned. IU Southeast used five pitchers in all and needed three to get out of the first inning.
Tom Birko was 3 for 6 with four runs and two RBIs, and Javy Marticorena went 3 for 5 with four runs. Those two figured into the Pioneers seven-run sixth inning, which made the score 21-2.
Not to be overshadowed, Point Park starting pitcher Manny Perdomo improved to 3-0 in four starts with only two runs in six innings of work. He struck out eight, walked four and scattered five hits.
The Point Park offense got right back at it in Game 2 with three runs in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter DeJesus was 3 for 3, and he scored on Marticorena's first-inning base hit. Cattapan followed two batters later with a two-run double.
Birko added an RBI single for a 4-0 lead in the fourth, and the Pioneers padded the lead to 7-1 with some insurance runs in the sixth highlighted by Alfonzo's double that drove in a run.
Point Park led Game 2, 9-1, before IU Southeast made the final margin closer with five runs -- four of which were unearned -- in the bottom of the seventh.
Winning pitcher Isaiah Marsh (2-1) pitched a complete game and cruised through the first six innings. He finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts, one walk and four hits. Only two of the six runs were earned. In the first six innings, he struck out nine, walked none and limited the Grenadiers to two hits.
Cattapan ended up 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Game 2, and Marticorena was also 3 for 5 to lead the 18-hit attack. Mrkonja had two hits in each game and was 4 for 9 on the day.
IU Southeast Game 2 starter Mark Downs lasted 4.1 innings giving up four runs on 10 hits. The Pioneers left 13 men on base in the game.
Point Park and IU Southeast continue the KIAC series on Saturday with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. Follow Live Stats via Dakstats. LIVE STATS