Timely Hitting and Errors Lift Lee Past Point Park, 9-3
LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) Corey Davis and Jorge Saez recorded multi-hit performances, including a pair of doubles by Saez, and Lee (Tenn.) took advantage of two Point Park (Pa.) errors to claim a 9-3 win at the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field on Saturday.
With the win, Lee (55-9-1) advances to play No. 3 Oklahoma City at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Monday. The Flames are now 4-3 in opening games at the World Series. Point Park, who defeated No. 10 College of Idaho (7-3) on Friday, falls into the elimination bracket to face No. 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at 12 p.m. on Monday.
Both teams went scoreless through the first two innings, however Lee took a 5-0 lead in the ensuing frame. Trevor Burgess and Edmanuel Rivera set the tone for the inning with back-to-back singles, giving the Flames runners at first and second with no outs. A sacrifice bunt turned into a disaster for the Pioneers, as Nathan Spohn threw the ball away, scoring Burgess. Lee maintained the pressure, scoring runs on a ground out to short, a single to right by Davis and a two RBI double by Mike Moore. In all, the Flames scored five runs on four hits and one error.
The momentum carried over into the next inning as Lee tacked on four more to make it 9-0. All four runs were scored on singles to right and left field.
Point Park cut the deficit to 9-3 in the top of the sixth when the Pioneers scored three runs on three hits, but stranded three. It proved to be as close as the Pioneers would come.
Kris Hall (12-0) earned the win for Lee. The junior righty tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) and five hits. He struck out a game-high seven Pioneers -- all looking.
In addition to Davis and Saez, Moore, Brady Renner and Rivera posted multi-hit performances. Davis led the team with three RBIs, while both of Saez's hits were doubles.
Spohn (8-1) received his first loss of the season, allowing seven runs (two earned) in only three innings. Horacio Acosta and Isaiah Marsh pitched in relief of Spohn. Marsh took the bulk of the load, tossing four scoreless innings.
The Point Park offense was led by Ossie Alfonzo. He was 3-for-5 from the dish.