LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) No. 7 Point Park (Pa.) opened the 2012 Avista-NAIA World Series with a 7-3 win over No. 10 College of Idaho Friday at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. The Pioneers (52-9), who snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory, advance to take on No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) Saturday at 3 p.m. PDT. College of Idaho (41-20) awaits the loser of the No. 3 Oklahoma City and No. 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) game for a loser's bracket contest Saturday at 12 p.m.
Sean Clark remains undefeated on the season and improves to 8-0 for Point Park, scattering five hits and allowing three earned runs over seven innings of work. He struck out four and walked just one in the effort. College of Idaho starter Taylor Nicholson fell to 9-3 on the season, allowing seven runs and nine hits over five innings.
The Coyotes scored the first run of the game in the top of the third on Zachary Fabricius' single to left field to drive in Todd Griffiths, who opened the inning with a hit by pitch. College of Idaho would add two more as Izaac Garsez blasted a double to deep left center field, scoring Brett Ward and Fabricius.
Point Park answered in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with one out. Following a Nicholson strikeout, Ossie Alfonzo came through for the Pioneers with a two out single through the hole at second base, scoring Don McDuffee and Dillon Sauers to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Pioneers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning, as back-to-back singles and a fielder's choice gave Point Park runners on first and second with one out. Another round of back-to-back singles by Lee Bodnar and Alfonzo gave Point Park its first lead of the contest, 4-3. The Pioneers added three additional insurance runs on a squeeze bunt and a two-run single by Tom Pasinski.
Alfonzo led the way by driving in three and scoring twice for Point Park in the win. Additionally, Sauers and Clark finished 2-for-4 from the dish.
Five different Coyotes registered hits in the contest, led by Jesse Dodd and Ward who recorded two apiece.