Point Park wins two games over Walsh in its final at bat, takes 3 of 4 in series
April 10, 2011
Tom Pasinski reacts after scoring the GW run in Point Park's 5-4 win in Game 2. Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University baseball team had two exciting wins over visiting Walsh University Sunday as the Pioneers won two games in their final at bat, including an 11-inning marathon in the opener. Point Park improved to 25-6 overall and 6-2 in the AMC by beating Walsh, 6-5, in 11 innings and then 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh of game two.
Point Park's Tom Pasinski had a big hand in the late-inning heroics of both games. The sophomore right fielder form West Mifflin, Pa., was 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the opener, which included a game-winning, RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.
In the night cap, Pasinski came through with a one-out, RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 4-4. The transfer from Penn State-Behrend then scored the winning run when speedy Kyle Lucot delivered an RBI, bunt single with two outs. Pasinski was practically at home plate and Lucot was well down the first-base line when the third baseman whiffed on his attempt to barehand the ball.
Point Park won three of four games in the weekend series and is now in second place in the league, just one game back of Mt. Vernon Nazarene (7-1). Point Park split two games at Walsh (15-19, 1-7 AMC) Friday. The Pioneers have won 14 of their last 16 games, a stretch the includes a 10-game winning streak.
In the first game Sunday, Point Park was up 5-0 after three innings, and starting pitcher Sean Clark kept Walsh off the scoreboard the first four innings. Point Park's early lead was built on an RBI double by Dave Angle in the first, and a couple of run-producing hits from Pasinski.
Pasinski knocked in a run with a base hit in the second, and he had a key, two-out double in the third that made the score 5-0.
Walsh finally got to Clark in the fifth as Marc Miller's two-out double brought home two runs and cut the lead to 5-2. The Cavaliers scored three unearned runs in the sixth to tie it at 5-5, and the score remained that way until Pasinski's game-winner in the 11th.
Walsh's fifth inning featured three runs on four hits with the biggest being RBI base hits from Ronnie Harris and Miller. Clark left the game with two outs in the fifth, and reliever Mike Tullio stranded two runners to keep things tied. In 5.2 innings, Clark gave up five runs -- only two of which were earned -- struck out four, walked two and yielded four hits.
Tullio (3-0) earned the victory in 5.1 innings of relief. The junior from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., gave up no runs on three hits, struck out two and walked one. Of the last 18 batters he faced, only three reached base via a walk, a single and a catcher's interference.
With Tullio doing his part to keep Walsh off the scoreboard in the late innings, Walsh reliever Zach Speer was doing the same. Cavaliers starter Billy Gura went 5.1 innings before giving way to Spear, who had tossed 4.2 perfect innings prior to the decisive 11th frame.
Speer came on with one out and the go-ahead run at second in the sixth inning. From there, he retired the first 14 men he faced with four strikeouts. But Point Park DH Zach O'Neal was the first to reach vs. Speer as he was hit by a pitch to start the 11th.
O'Neal stole second, moved to third on Frank Marko's single, and scored the winning run when Pasinski lifted a fly ball over the drawn-in outfield in left. Point Park had 11 hits with Pasinski getting three and Marko and Lee Bodnar getting two apiece.
In the second game, Point Park enjoyed a slim, 3-2 lead in the early going, but the lead was lost when Miller delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth. The hit gave the Cavaliers a 4-3 lead, and the visitors missed a chance to make it a two-run lead when Miller was cut down at the plate when the next batter reached on a fielder's choice.
Point Park starter James Monroe kept the Pioneers within a run from there, and he earned the complete-game victory. Monroe, a freshman righty from Miami, Fla., improved to 3-2 by giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking none.
Point Park's winning rally in the seventh started with Bryce Pfeuffer's leadoff single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by Marko. Pasinski followed with his game-tying triple to the wall in left.
Two batters later, Walsh starter Ian Drapcho was lifted with Pasinski still at third and with two outs. After hitting Brian Grise with a pitcher, reliever Mike Muenster fell victim to Lucot's game-winning bunt single on the third-base side. Lucot joined Grise and Pfeuffer as players with two hits each.
Point Park is in action again Monday when its plays host to Penn State-Greater Allegheny for one game at 3 p.m. The Pioneers visit Lock Haven Tuesday before playing a four-game series vs. first-place Mt. Vernon Nazarene later in the week.