Southeastern (FL) rallies past Point Park, 6-5, in non-conference game
March 10, 2011
LAKELAND, Fla. – Point Park University squandered a 5-1 lead at Southeastern (FL) University and went on to lose, 6-5, in a non-conference baseball game Thursday night.
The Pioneers (7-2) scored three runs in the second inning to stake a 4-1 lead and stretched the margin to 5-1 an inning later. But Southeastern (16-10), a member of the NAIA Sun Conference, scored the final five runs of the game to rally for the win.
It was the end of a long day for Point Park, which had its two originally scheduled games of the day rained out at the RussMatt Invitational. The Pioneers scrambled to add Southeastern to its schedule and made the trip down to Lakeland, Fla., to play the game on short notice.
Point Park had its four-game winning streak snapped and will take a 7-2 record into the final day of its Florida trip. The Pioneers will play three games Friday beginning with a doubleheader versus Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN) at 11 a.m. The day concludes with a trip to Clearwater Christian for a 7 p.m. game at Northside High School in St. Petersburg. The twin bill versus Calumet will take place at Southeastern Univ. in Lakeland.
Brian Grise, a senior center fielder who hits in the lead-off spot, was 3 for 3 for Point Park Thursday night. The Munhall, Pa., native stole home in the first inning to open the scoring, and he contributed an RBI single in the second. The three-run second inning also included a run-scoring base hit from Frank Marko, who had two hits.
Senior catcher Dave Angle also had two hits as part of Point Park’s 10-hit attack. Kyle Lucot scored on a wild pitch in the third for a 5-1 lead for the Pioneers.
But Southeastern cut it to 5-3 with two runs on a hit and an error in the bottom of the third. The Fire took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth after putting together three hits and a walk.
Point Park pitcher Alcibiades Gonzalez (0-1) got his first start with the Pioneers and took the loss in five innings of work. The senior transfer from Talladega (AL) College gave up five earned runs on 10 hits and had four strikeouts and two walks.