Shawnee State beats Point Park twice in final at bat in AMC baseball action
Apri. 3, 2010
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State won both ends of an AMC baseball doubleheader with Point Park on Saturday, the Bears won both games in their final at bat.
Shawnee State (17-17, 8-0 AMC) won the first game, 19-15, when Adam Wamsley’s second homer of the game – a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth – gave the Bears the victory. The Bears, who lead the AMC in homers, hit five home runs in the first game.
Point Park (5-18, 1-11 AMC) took a 5-0 lead after two innings of game two, but Shawnee State won, 6-5, when pinch hitter Collin Kiem hit a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Note: As first reported Saturday, the second game of the doubleheader ended with a three-run homer. But later the official scorer at Shawnee State changed the scoring decision to reflect that the game ended on a two-run double by Kiem with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. According to ground rules at Branch Rickey Park, when Kiem's double bounced off the batter's eye in center field, it should have been scored as a double instead of a homer. Also, the final score was changed from 7-5 to 6-5 because Shawnee State only needed two runs to win. The batters eye in center extends several feet above the blue wall around the outfield.
The 34 combined runs were the most in a Point Park game since the Pioneers beat Farmingdale State, 18-13, in March of last year. The 15 runs by Point Park were the most in a losing effort since they lost to Notre Dame (OH), 16-15, on April 26, 2008.
In the first game of the day, Point Park set season highs for runs (15), hits (15), at bats (37), walks (8) and stolen bases (3). Shawnee State had 16 hits – five of which were homers – and all 19 of its runs were earned.
Dan Campbell (Baldwin/Baldwin), a senior first baseman who leads Point Park with a .391 batting average, was 4 for 4 in the opener. Brian Grise (Munhall/Steel Valley) was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs while Tom Birko (Coraopolis/Montour) and Kyle Lucot (South Park/South Park) had two hits apiece.
Pictured left, Brian Grise was 4 for 7 with four runs and three RBIs on the day.
Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
Shawnee State’s Wamsley had a game for the ages in the opener. He started the game at shortstop, drove in eight runs and tallied three hits. In addition to his walk-off grand slam, his sacrifice fly in the seventh tied it at 15-15 and forced extra innings. And to top it off, he earned the victory by pitching the final 2.2 innings. He retired the final seven batters he faced to close out the Pioneers.
Each team used four pitchers in the opender. Point Park starter Ryan Loutsenhizer (North Huntingdon/Norwin) pitched 3.1 innings, which was more than any other pitcher in the game. Reliever Derek Peluso (Zelienople/Seneca Valley) was dealt the tough luck of taking two losses on the day by giving up both walk-off hits.
Point Park started game one by scoring four unearned runs in the top of the first. Key hits were an RBI single by Grise and a two-run base hit by Dave Angle (Pittsburgh/Pine-Richland).
Trailing 7-5, Point Park tallied four runs in the fourth. A run-scoring single by Jesse Pesanka (Baldwin/Baldwin) was followed two batters later by Grise’s two-run single. Brandon Haburjak (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) capped off the inning with an RBI double.
Shawnee State responded by scoring seven runs over the next two innings to take a 14-10 lead after five. But Point Park came right back with five runs in the top of the sixth for a 15-14 edge. The Pioneers had five hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Lucot and RBI base hits from Birko and Bryce Pfeuffer (Robinson Twp./Montour).
In the Shawnee State seventh, a lead-off double and a passed ball set the stage for Wamsley’s sacrifice fly that tied it at 15-15 with one out. Peluso then stranded runners at first and third by getting the last two batters of the inning to groundout and fly out, respectively.
Wamsley, who retired the last seven batters he faced, set down Point Park in order in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the inning, Brian Ramey’s lead-off single was erased when a pinch runner was thrown out at third following a strikeout. With two outs, three straight walks set up Wamsley’s game winner.
Point Park kept the offense in high gear at the start of the second game. The Pioneers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, and Angle’s third homer of the year – a two-run shot in the first – started the scoring. An inning later, a two-out, two-run double by Pfeuffer capped off a three-run inning.
Point Park starting pitcher Joe Downar (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Heartley) got his third start of the year, and the junior right-hander held Shawnee State scoreless the first four innings. He started the sixth inning holding a 5-1 lead, but he was lifted after giving up a lead-off double. In five innings of work, Downar struck out one, walked three and gave up eight hits.
After Downar left, Shawnee State was able to cut it to 5-3 with two runs in the sixth off reliever Sam Bickford (Allison Park/Hampton). The runs were scored on a wild pitch and a ground out.
Another Point Park reliever, Mike Tullio (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens), came in to get the final out of the sixth, but the sophomore right-hander gave up three hits to start the seventh. The third hit in that string was an RBI double.
With Point Park guarding a 5-4 lead and runners at second and third, Peluso was called upon once again from the bullpen. The sophomore righty retired the next two batters on a ground out to second and pop up to center. With two outs and the winning run at second base, pinch hitter Kiem won the game with his two-run double.
Shawnee State starter Cory Pallutch lasted 5.1 innings. He struck out three, walked two and gave up 10 hits. Reliever Zach Brooks, the third pitcher to be used, allowed one hit and no runs the final 1.2 innings to earn the victory.
Point Park had 11 hits in the second game, which was one less than Shawnee State. Campbell, Grise and Ricky Cordido (Caracas, Venezuela) had two hits each for the Pioneers. Point Park left nine men on base, which was one more than Shawnee State. Danny Gesick, the No. 3 hitter for the Bears, was 3 for 3, and teammate Brian Ramey was 3 for 4.
Point Park resumes action Tuesday when it travels to Clarion for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The Pioneers get back into AMC play next weekend when they host Walsh for a four-game set Friday and Saturday.