No. 22 Point Park splits two games at non-conference Milligan (Tenn.)
April 18, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. ET
LF Jordan Crowell had a two-run double to win Game 1 at Milligan, 3-2. Photo by Sam Robinson.
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. -- No. 22 Point Park University split two non-conference baseball games at Milligan (Tenn.) College on Thursday winning the first game, 3-2 and dropping the second game, 4-0.
Point Park (33-13, 14-4 KIAC) got strong pitching in both games at Milligan (20-17), but the key hits that it got in the first game never came in the nightcap.
The Pioneers scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth of Game 1, and it was junior left fielder Jordan Crowell who delivered a two-run double for a 3-2 lead and the eventual winning runs.
Crowell's two-bagger was the fourth hit of the inning, which also included a lead-off single by Yuliecer Arias, an RBI double by Oscar Romero with one out and a single by Michael DeJesus.
That was all the offense that winning pitcher Isaiah Marsh (7-1) needed as the senior right-hander from Clear Brook, Va., did not give up an earned run in a seven-inning complete game. Marsh scattered seven hits, struck out four, walked none and a couple of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth broke up a scoreless game.
But Point Park took the lead for good the next half inning and totaled seven hits versus two Milligan pitchers, the first of which was Hunter McDaniel for six innings.
Nathan Sphon was Point Park's Game 2 starter, and he put in strong work over six innings limiting the Buffaloes to six hits and four runs (three earned). The junior lefty from Greensburg, Pa., struck out two, walked none and three of the four runs were scored in the bottom of the first when two errors were made.
The Point Park offense had nine hits but was done in by 12 runners left on base. Point Park's No. 2-5 hitters Arias, Javy Marticorena, Romero and DeJesus each had two hits, and Crowell was 1 for 3, but the big hit never came for the Pioneers.
Point Park left two men on in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings, and it had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh but could not take advantage.
Milligan had four pitchers combine on the shutout with starter Logan Wright holding Point Park to two hits the first four innings.
The Pioneers continue the three-day, three-city road trip on Friday with the final games of the regular season, a KIAC doubleheader at Berea (Ky.) at 1 p.m. The games were postponed and originally scheduled for at Point Park March 30.
Point Park needs one win over Berea to wrap up the KIAC regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the KIAC Tournament April 23-26 in Kingsport, Tenn. A sweep would give the Pioneers the KIAC title by 2.0 games.
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