GAME RECAP: Point Park beats South Carolina Beaufort at NAIA World Series
May 28, 2012
Lee Bodnar was 3 for 5 with two RBIs for Point Park in its win over USCB on Friday at the NAIA World Series.
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Point Park University survived its first loser's bracket test on Monday at the NAIA World Series with a 12-8 win over University of South Carolina Beaufort. The Pioneers (53-10) jumped out to a 10-1 lead with nine runs in the third inning but had to hold on to eliminate the pesky Sand Sharks ball club.
Point Park, the No. 7 seed, advances to play on Tuesday, May 29 at 12 p.m. versus No. 9 seed Rogers State (Okla.) (47-15). Rogers State won its first two games of the tournament and was the talk of the World Series early on before losing to No. 4 seed Tennessee Wesleyan, 8-6, on Monday night to fall to the loser's bracket.
The Point Park-Rogers State loser will be eliminated. the winner will advance to the semifinals at either 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday depending on the schedule that is TBA.
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South Carolina Beaufort (41-19), the No. 8 seed and ranked No. 15 in the NAIA Top 25, was eliminated after going 1-2. Point Park is ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25.
Point Park had 12 runs on 10 hits and made no errors. USCB had 13 hits and made two errors that ended up leading to five unearned runs -- including four unearned runs in the Pioneers' nine-run third inning.
Lee Bodnar was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, and Ossie Alfonzo was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Rob Novia was 1 for 2, scored three runs and drew three walks. Don McDuffee added a 2-for-3 performance. Steve Dujka added two RBIs, both of which came on a big base hit to get the big inning going.
Derek Peluso (10-1) started and went five innings before handing it over to the bullpen. Horacio Acosta came on and walked the only two batters he faced, but Mike Tullio came on to finish off the last four innings and picked up his 15th save of the year.
Peluso was charged with seven runs on 10 hits, struck out one and walked one. Tullio allowed only three hits in his four innings, walked one and was not charged with a run.
The pesky USCB team kept chipping away with two in the fourth and one in the fifth to cut it to 10-4 and then made things interesting with four in the top of the sixth to cut it to 11-8. But Tullio came in to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and kept the Sand Shark's run total to eight for the day.
It was a double play that got the Pioneers out of trouble in the sixth, and the Point Park infielders Tom Birko (2B), Dillon Sauers (SS) and Dujka (1B) had another key double play in the eighth. Bodnar (3B) also helped in the Pioneers' errorless defense.
Point Park tied things up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Novia doubled, Lee Bodnar singled and Alfonzo followed with a sacrifice fly. USCB had taken an early lead when David O'Neil's lead-off single was followed by Dylan Nasiatka's triple.
The huge third inning included nine runs on five hits, three walks, a hit batter an one key error that led to four of the nine being unearned. That resulted in a commanding, 10-1 lead for the Pioneers.
Alfonzo, a sophomore catcher/DH from Hialeah, Fla., who is 7 for 13 in the three World Series games, ripped an RBI single to give the Pioneers the lead, 2-1. Dujka followed two batters later with his two-run single. After an error on Tom Pasinski's sacrifice bunt, McDuffee added a sacrifice fly.
The inning continued with Birko's RBI groundout. When Bodnar and Alfonzo came to bat for the second time in the inning, they tacked on a two-RBI base hit and an RBI single, respectively.
The Pioneers added a couple of insurance runs later on to give more breathing room. Pasinski's RBI single in the fifth made it 11-4, and Sauers' sacrifice fly padded the lead to 12-8 in the last of the eighth.
The bottom of the order did a lot of damage for the Sand Sharks. No. 6 hitter Gabe Torres was 3 for 5 with a couple of runs, and No. 7 hitter Brandon Collins was 3 for 4 with two RBIs. No. 8 hitter Dom Hayes was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
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