Game Recap: Point Park beats College of Idaho in NAIA World Series First Round
May 25, 2012
Dillon Sauers was 2 for 4 with a double in Friday's NAIA World Series victory. Photo by Kevin Taylor
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Point Park University opened the NAIA World Series on Friday morning in Lewiston, Idaho with a 7-3 victory over College of Idaho at Harris Field.
The Pioneers (52-9), the No. 7 seed, advance to play No. 2 seed Lee (Tenn.) (54-9-1) on Saturday, May 26 at 3 p.m. PT. College of Idaho (41-20), the No. 10 seed in the 10-team bracket, falls to the loser's bracket to play either No. 3 seed Oklahoma City or No. 6 seed and host Lewis-Clark State in an elimination game Saturday at 12 p.m. PT.
The victory gives the Pioneers a school-record 52 wins on the year, which surpasses the 1986 team that was 51-8 and finished third in the NAIA World Series.
The Pioneers erased an early, 3-0 deficit as C of I struck for all three of its runs in the top of the third. The Coyotes put up their runs on three hits, two of which were an RBI single by Zach Fabricus and an RBI triple from Izaac Garsez. A sacrifice fly by Tanner Hodges finished off the inning.
Point Park cut it to 3-2 with a pair in the bottom of the third on Ossie Alfonzo's two-run single with two outs. An infield base hit by Don McDuffee and a double by Dillon Sauers set the table.
Point Park took the lead for good with five runs on four hits in the fifth. Lee Bodnar and Alfonzo each knocked in a run with a single, and Steve Dujka brought home a run on a suicide squeeze bunt. Tom Pasinski made it 7-3 with a two-run single.
The lead was all winning pitcher Sean Clark (8-0) needed as he settled in after giving up the three-spot in the third. He did not allow a run the last four innings he worked and finished with three runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Horacio Acosta came on to work two scoreless innings to finish things off out of the bullpen.
Alfonzo, a sophomore catcher from Miami, Fla., was 2 for 4 with three RBIs as the cleanup hitter. McDuffee and Sauers, the No. 8-9 hitters, were both 2 for 4 with a run and got the third- and fifth-inning rallies started.
Pasinski finished 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Bodnar was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Point Park had 11 hits in all.
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