Point Park opens Florida trip with two victories, improves to 8-1 on the year
March 4, 2012
Lee Bodnar hit a two-run homer for the Pioneers on Sunday. File Photo by Lyddia Ankrom.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Point Park University baseball team began its annual trip to Florida with two wins on Sunday. The Pioneers improved to 8-1 on the year by picking up a forfeit victory over St. Xavier (IL), 9-0, followed by a 16-6 rout of Lourdes (OH) later in the day.
St. Xavier (13-7), a traditionally strong NAIA team from the Chicago area, forfeited because it claimed to have no pitching left for what was the final game of its 10-day Florida trip. Lourdes is 1-5 and had beaten St. Xavier to start the day.
Point Park, which has won five in a row, has eight more games scheduled on its trip through March 9 starting with Monday's doubleheader versus Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 10 a.m.
The Pioneers scored three runs in the first inning versus Lourdes, highlighted by Javier Marticorena's two-run homer. Marlon Leyva, who was 3 for 4 with a homer and a double, hit a solo shot in the third to put Point Park ahead, 4-3. Leyva is a junior from Miami, Fla., who transferred this year from St. Thomas (FL) University.
Lourdes then rallied to take a 5-4 lead, but Point Park responded with a couple of runs in its half of the fourth to take the lead for good, 6-5.
Lee Bodnar, a senior third baseman and a product of Chartiers Valley HS, was 2 for 5 with a two-run homer and two RBIs. Tom Pasinski, a junior center fielder from West Mifflin, Pa., was 3 for 6 with two RBIs.
Derek Peluso got the start for Point Park, and the senior right-hander from Zelienople, Pa., got a no-decision in four-plus innings of work. Mike Tullio, a senior righty from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., pitched the last four innings and got the win.
The game was scheduled for nine innings but ended after eight due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Follow us on Twitter @PointParkSports and Facebook.com/PointParkAthletics.