Article provided by Kevin Taylor, Point Park Director of Athletic Communications
KOKOMO, Ind. -- Point Park University (Pa.) baseball swept both games of a River States Conference doubleheader at IU Kokomo (Ind.) on Saturday, and Pioneers head coach Loren Torres reached the 400-career win milestone in game number two.
The Pioneers (9-1, 2-0 RSC) beat IU Kokomo (7-7, 0-2 RSC) by scores of 6-3 and 14-1 to begin RSC play and put Torres at the milestone. Point Park has now won nine in a row. The three-game series concludes with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Torres is in his ninth year at Point Park and his 14th year as a head coach. His career record of 400-245 (.620) comes in 13 full seasons and one week of this year for an average of 30 wins per year. Point Park is 293-141 during his nine seasons with the Pioneers for a winning percentage of .675. Torres has guided the Pioneers to an average of 35 wins per season.
POINT PARK 6, IU KOKOMO 3
Point Park shook off an early deficit of 2-0 and got the offense going in the mid-to-late innings to register a 6-3 win in the opener. The Pioneers were held to one hit the first three innings, but they ended up with 12 in the victory.
Nicholas Beardsley (1-1) got the victory pitching 6.2 innings for Point Park. Addison Domingo pitched the final 2.1 innings for his second save as the duo combined to keep IU Kokomo in check on seven hits and eight strikeouts over the 9.0 innings.
The bottom of Point Park's order had
The 5-2 lead was fairly safe in Beardsley's hands, although the end to his outing, made things a little closer, albeit through no fault of his own. Beardsley looked to be through 7.0 full innings, but a fly ball dropped in the infield with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh. Two batters later, an infield single cut the score to 5-3.
Domingo came in to get out of the jam and finish off the game, and in the meantime, the Pioneers added an insurance run in the eighth.
IU Kokomo starter Owen Callaghan, a freshman lefty, went 5.1 innings but got into trouble in the sixth to take the loss. He gave up 10 hits and five runs (four earned).
POINT PARK 14, IU KOKOMO 1
The Pioneers scored the first 10 runs of the game on their way to the 14-1 victory in the nightcap. That was more than enough for winning pitcher Felix Castillo (2-0) who racked up 11 strikeouts versus just one walk in 6.0 innings.
Point Park totaled 11 hits, and they came from nine different players. The game was scheduled for seven innings, and the Pioneers scored in five of the seven innings they came up to bat.
The big inning was the second, which had five runs to make the score 7-0. Erik Montero delivered a two-run double during that inning to break it open. Edberg Dominguez also had two RBIs in the game, and he drove in a run with a base hit in the fourth for an 8-0 lead.
Leading, 10-1, Point Park tacked on four more in the top of the seventh. Reynaldo Adames, who was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs, connected for a two-run double in the inning. Andres Herrera drove in a run with a base hit as well.
Castillo scattered seven hits and stranded eight IU Kokomo base runners. The Cougars left two on in the fourth and fifth. A solo home run by Kody Bledsoe in the sixth was the only run given up by Castillo.
Christian Negron pitched the seventh inning, and he picked up a strikeout to make it 12 strikeouts in the game and 20 on the day for Pioneers pitchers. IU Kokomo had five pitchers work, and starter Renton Poole covered 4.0 innings while giving up eight hits and eight runs.
The Pioneers and Cougars conclude the series on Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m. ET. Live video and live stats will be provided on IU Kokomo's Stretch Internet portal.