Notre Dame (OH) takes two baseball games from Point Park in AMC play Saturday
March 20, 2010
Click the 'BOX SCORE' links for complete stats and play-by-plays of both games
Notre Dame (14-5, 3-1 AMC) scored nine runs in the second inning of game one on its way to a 12-7 victory. In the nightcap, the Falcons won 8-2 after breaking up a 1-1 tie with four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Pictured above: Point Park's Brian Grise slides into third base during Saturday's baseball doubleheader versus Notre Dame (OH) at Frank J. Marko Field at Burkett Recreation & Sports Complex. Photo by Jack Megaw.
Point Park dropped its record to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the AMC. The Pioneers take a break from conference play to host Clarion for a doubleheader Tuesday (1 p.m.) before a four-game AMC series at Malone Friday and Saturday.
Point Park left 12 men on base in each game Saturday. Notre Dame used four pitchers in the first game, and they combined to give up 15 hits.
After trailing 9-0, the Pioneers responded with six runs in the bottom of the second. Point Park got within 9-7 after three, but Notre Dame tacked on three insurance runs in the fifth to stretch the lead.
Bryce Preuffer (Robinson Twp./Montour) led the Point Park offense in game one with three hits. Among those getting two hits each were Tom Birko (Coraopolis/Montour), Dave Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland), Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin), Lee Bodnar (Chartiers/Chartiers Valley) and Kyle Lucot (South Park/South Park).
Game one starter Ryan Loutsenhizer (Norwin/North Huntingdon) took the loss in 1.1 innings, and Mike Tullio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach CC) struck out five, walked two and gave up three runs while pitching the final 5.2 innings.
The second game was tied at 1-1 before Notre Dame scored four in the fifth. Ryan Weaver hit a two-run homer in the Notre Dame fifth, and four batters later, Brett Zientarski added a two-run single with two outs.
The Falcons added three unearned runs in the sixth to take a 8-1 and put the game out of reach.
Derek Peluso (Zelienople/Seneca Valley) started game two for Point Park and lasted 5.1 innings. He struck out three and walked one in taking the loss.
Winning pitcher Andrew Hyde went 5.2 innings and did not give up an earned run for Notre Dame. He struck out two, walked four and gave up five hits.
Point Park totaled six hits in game two with Bodnar leading the way with a single and a double.