LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) No. 7 Point Park (Pa.) eliminated No. 8 South Carolina Beaufort from the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series with a 12-8 victory at Harris Field on Monday. With the win, the Pioneers improve to 53-10 and will face the loser of No. 9 Rogers State (Okla.) and No. 4 Tennessee Wesleyan at 12 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. The Sand Sharks exit Lewiston with a 41-19 record - 1-2 in tournament play.
Derek Peluso (10-1) earned the win for Point Park despite allowing seven runs on 10 hits over five innings. He also walked one and struck out one. Peluso was relieved by Horacio Acosta, who surrendered one run and failed to record an out. However, closer Mike Tullio shut the door on the Sand Shark comeback, scattering three hits while striking out two in four innings. Tullio was credited with his 15th save this season.
Offensively, third baseman Lee Bodnar was 3-for-5 for Point Park with three runs scored and two RBIs. Other multi-hit performances for the Pioneers included a 2-for-4 effort by designated hitter Ossie Alfonzo. Alfonzo also recorded a game-high three RBIs. Don McDuffee also had two hits.
Both teams exchanged runs in the first inning. However, Point Park blew the contest open in the bottom of the third with nine runs on five hits to make it 10-1 in favor of the Pioneers. Point Park scored three runs before the first out was recorded on RBI singles by Alfonzo and Steve Dujka. Alfonzo came through for a second time in the inning with the score already 6-1 when he followed a Bodnar two-RBI double with his second RBI single to close the nine-run frame.
South Carolina Beaufort being chipping away at the Pioneer lead in the ensuing inning, cutting the deficit to 10-3. The Sand Sharks posted three-straight one-out hits, including a double to deep center field by Brandon Collins that scored Gabe Torres and Conald Mansfield.
Similarly to the first, both sides conceded runs in the fifth to make it an 11-4 lead for Point Park. Although, South Carolina Beaufort would not lay over, opening the inning with three-consecutive hits, including a pair of doubles by Torres and Dom Hayes. Hayes' double scored Torres. Collins, who reached earlier on a single and advanced to third on Hayes' double scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-6. South Carolina Beaufort added two more to pull within three, 11-8, with three innings left.
However, that would prove as close as the Sand Sharks would come. Point Park added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Tom Pasinski scored on a Dillon Sauers sacrifice fly.
Miles Gavin (6-1) received the loss for South Carolina Beaufort. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in just two innings. Torres paced the Sand Shark bats, going 3-for-5 from the plate. He also recorded two runs.