Photo by Kevin Taylor, Point Park Sports Information Director
WHEELING, W.Va. - Manny Perdomo pitched a no-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) on Thursday to lead the Point Park University (Pa.) baseball team to a 1-0 victory. The Pioneers (33-13, 14-6 KIAC) won the first game, 14-2, and have now won 24 of their past 26 games and seven in a row.
Perdomo, who was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week last week, carried a perfect game into the seventh inning until he hit a Cardinal batter to start the last inning. The junior right-hander from Miami, Fla., is 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his last four starts and totaled 10 strikeouts and zero walks in the no-hitter.
Perdomo allowed only two batted balls to leave the infield. The 21 outs came on seven groundouts, four flyouts and 10 strikeouts.
The Pioneers scored their only run in Game 2 after a bases-loaded walk brought home a run in the second inning. Third baseman Jordan Crowell led the Pioneers in hitting going 3 for 4 with a double. Point Park had six hits as a team.
Point Park took Game 1, 14-2, with 16 total hits. The Pioneers went up, 1-0, early in the top of the second. Wheeling Jesuit scored its only runs in the bottom of the second on an error and an RBI ground out.
Point Park answered with two runs in the third and another in the fourth. The third inning included an RBI single from first baseman Marlon Leyva, and the fourth had Tom Pasinski score off of a single up the middle by catcher Ossie Alfonzo.
The Pioneers scored four times in the fifth after Leyva hit a two-run homer to left center, his fifth of the year. Second baseman Tom Birko scored on a single by Pasinski, who scored on an error. Another run came home on a passed ball before the inning was through as the Pioneers were up, 9-2.
Point Park stretched the lead to 14-2 with five runs on seven hits in the sixth. The inning included RBI singles from Leyva, Birko, Rob Novia and Don McDuffee and a sacrifice fly by Alfonzo.
Leyva led was 4 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs to lead the offense. Pasinski and Alfonzo each had two hits and two RBIs. Birko and Chaz Russo also chipped in two hits apiece.
Winning pitcher Sean Clark went six innings for Point Park in Game 1. The senior from Titusville, Pa., allowed only one earned run on three hits. He struck out two and walked two.
The Pioneers next play April 21 at Pitt-Greensburg at 1 p.m. for a non-conference doubleheader to end the regular season. Point Park will then shift its focus to the KIAC Tournament April 24-27 at IU Southeast, where it will be the No. 1 seed.