Point Park wins two games at Malone to open four-game, AMC series
April 1, 2011
Lee Bodnar had a grand slam and five RBIs in game two. File photo from 2010.
CANTON, Ohio – Point Park University extended its baseball winning streak to nine in a row by winning two American Mideast Conference road games over Malone at Thurman Munson Stadium Friday afternoon. The Pioneers (20-4, 2-0 AMC) won by scores of 5-3 and 8-4 and have now won 13 of their last 14 games.
The four-game, AMC series concludes with two games at Point Park’s Green Tree Park Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m. Malone (19-12, 0-2 AMC) joined Point Park as teams in the ‘other receiving votes’ section of this week’s NAIA Top 25 poll. Malone got 54 votes compared to 11 for Point Park.
Both of Saturday’s games will be broadcast live on internet radio on the student station WPPJ-AM 670. The live stream will be available at www.wppjradio.com. Live stats will also be available online.
Point Park got two strong, starting pitching performances Friday as right-handers Derek Peluso (5-0) and Ryan Loutsenhizer (5-0) both stayed unbeaten in five starts.
Peluso, a junior from Zelienople, Pa., gave up 10 hit in the opener, but allowed just three runs. He struck out four and walked two before handing things over to Sean Clark, who got the final out of the game to earn his first save. Malone got a two-out triple and an RBI single in the seventh to cut it to 5-3, but Clark stranded the potential tying runs at first and second base to finish things off.
Dillon Sauers, Point Park’s No. 9 hitter, was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. The junior shortstop from Bridgeville, Pa., delivered a two-run double in the second after Malone starter Jeff Shenker walked the bases loaded.
Point Park made it 3-0 in the third when Zach O’Neal drew a bases-loaded walk. Two innings later, Malone cut it to 3-2 after a pair of doubles and an RBI single. Point Park padded its lead back to 5-2 in the sixth when Sauers ripped a run-scoring base hit and Brian Grise produced a sacrifice fly.
Malone had three errors compared to two for Point Park. Shenker (1-2) took the loss in five innings of work. He struck out seven and walked six. Kyle Lucot had two singles for Point Park as he and Sauers accounted for five of Point Park’s six hits. Malone tallied 10 hits in the game.
In the second game, Point Park’s Lee Bodnar had a grand slam and five RBIs, and winning pitcher Loutsenhizer went the distance to produce the victory. Bodnar’s grand slam, his third homer of the year, highlighted a five-run fourth that gave Point Park a 6-0 lead. Bodnar has a team-high 31 RBIs.
Bodnar, a junior from Chartiers Valley High School, had given Point Park a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third. After two quick outs in the fourth, there were two errors and a walk to load the bases for Bodnar’s blast.
Malone cut it to 6-3 in the fifth when Joe Goddard ripped an RBI triple and Bob Suitca drove in a run with a double. Point Park added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on Dave Angle’s RBI double and Bryce Pfeuffer’s sacrifice fly.
Malone put together three singles to get a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Loutsenhizer left runners at first and third to end the game. Loutsenhizer, a native of North Huntingdon and a graduate of Norwin High School, scattered eight hits over seven innings, struck out four and walked two.
Malone’s Tyler Newhart (4-1) suffered his first loss of the year. He gave up eight runs on seven hits over six innings, but only one of the runs charged to him was earned. Malone made four costly errors.