No. 25 Point Park blows out Asbury (Ky.) in KIAC doubleheader, 19-1 and 13-0
April 11, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. ET
RF Javy Marticorena hit a home run in Game 2 versus Asbury (Ky.). Photo by Sam Robinson.
PITTSBURGH -- No. 25 Point Park University baseball trounced Asbury (Ky.) University by a combined score of 32-1 in its KIAC doubleheader on Friday at Point Park Field at Green Tree Park winning the first game, 19-1, and the second game, 13-0.
Point Park (29-12, 12-4 KIAC) reached double digits in runs scored for the fifth straight game and has now won 13 of its last 14 games and is a perfect 12-0 at home. The Pioneers and Asbury (7-27, 4-10 KIAC) complete the series with two games at Point Park Field Saturday at 11 a.m. WATCH LIVE
Asbury led the first game, 1-0, on a base hit by Andrew Moran in the top of third. That was the only run versus winning pitcher Manny Perdomo (6-1), who struck out a season-high 11 in a complete game. Perdomo gave up nine hits -- eight of which were singles -- but he limited the damage with no walks and two double plays to go along with all the strikeouts.
The Pioneers totaled 19 runs on 19 hits in the opener with 13 different players registering at least one hit. The Pioneers stretched out the final margin to 19-1 with nine runs in the sixth inning. Already leading, 10-1, Point Park sent seven pinch hitters to the plate that inning, and they combined to go 5 for 6 with a walk.
Ossie Alfonzo led the long list of hitting leaders going 3 for 3 with two doubles in the opener. Tom Birko was 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Michael DeJesus, Tyler Cattapan and Jonathan Tasis collected two hits a piece. Yuliecer Arias, Camden Kelly and Shane Conley drove in two runs each.
The Pioneers broke open Game 2 with eight runs in the second inning, and they were ahead, 11-0, through three. The second inning got started when Alfonzo ripped an RBI single, which was followed by Shane Conley getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. That was followed by three big hits -- a two-run single by Birko, a two-run double by Arias and a two-run homer to left center by Javy Marticorena.
Birko was 2 for 4 with another three RBIs, and his first-inning single was the 200th of his career. The senior second baseman from Kennedy Twp., Pa., is one of just five players in the history of Point Park baseball with 200 career hits.
Arias went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, and the Pioneers' 14 hits came from 12 different players.
Isaiah Marsh pitched a complete game for the Pioneers to pick up his first shutout of the year. Marsh (6-1) allowed only five hits and blanked the Eagles on five strikeouts and no walks.
Friday's games were delayed by two and a half hours due to rain. The first game began at 3:30 p.m., and the nightcap started at 6:10 p.m. With Marsh making quick work of the Eagles, Game 2 lasted only 1 hour and 35 minutes to get both games in before dark.
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