Times Staff Report
March 26, 2013
PIPPA PASSES - The Alice Lloyd College baseball split a four-game series with Point Park University late last week. More on the Alice Lloyd College baseball team’s four-game series follows.
Game 1 - Alice Lloyd 4, Point Park 0: The Alice Lloyd College baseball team got off to a good start by taking the first game of the series as it sent Neil Dillon to the mound. Point Park countered with Sean Clark. The home team scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 advantage. Later in the third inning, ALC extended its lead to a 4-0 advantage by adding two more runs. Going for the shutout, Dillon held the Pioneers to six scoreless innings. He only allowed five hits and walked one batter. Dillon also had seven strikeouts. The performance was big, considering the fact that the Eagles bullpen was limited due to injuries. Jake Bales drove in two runs for the Eagles while Cody Hyden and Shane Pack had one RBI apiece.
Game 2 - ALC 2, Point Park 1: The second game of the Friday doubleheader was a pitcher’s duel between Alice Lloyd’s Wayne Sparks and Point Park’s Manny Perdomo. Point Park was able to get on the board first with an RBI groundout in the first inning from Jordan Crowell. The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Pioneers for the next few innings until Brandon Arnold delivered a clutch RBI single to tie the game at 1-1 in the home half of the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the tying run at second, Brandon’s brother Josh Arnold came to bat. Younger brother would come up huge as he drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single that would score pinch-runner Neil Dillon. Sparks pitched the Eagles second consecutive complete game as he surrendered just the one run along with five hits and walked two batters. He also recorded four strikeouts.
Game 3 - Pouint Park 12, Alice Lloyd 0: It was all Point Park in the third game of the series. The pitching match-up was Nathan Sphon for Point Park against Dylan Sullins for the Eagles. For the first four innings, it was scoreless and anyone’s game. However, in the fifth inning, Point Park was able to score three runs to take the 3-0 cushion. In the top of the sixth, Point Park blew the game open with nine runs. Sullins pitched five and a third innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out one. Russ Sweeney and Jordan Horn pitched one and two-thirds innings of relief. The duo of Sweeney and Horn combined to allow six runs (five earned) and three walks.
Game 4 - Point Park 4, Alice Lloyd 3: Despite the outcome of game 3, Alice Lloyd still had a chance to take the series. It was Isaiah Marsh of Point Park versus Chance Westerfield of Alice Lloyd in the series finale. The pitchers had their way through three innings when there was no score. Point Park would change that in the fourth, however, with a three-run inning to jump on top. Alice Lloyd was able to get one of those runs back in the sixth to slice the lead to 3-1. Point Park got that run back in the next half-inning to make it 4-1.
The home team was not going to go down without a fight. The Eagles were able to get two runs in the last inning but were unable to get the tying run home to send the game to extra innings. Jake Bales, Cody Hyden and Greg Wright had the runs batted in for the Eagles. Westerfield had a solid outing, going five innings while surrendering three runs on eight hits. He also had one walk with one strikeout.
Daniel Burgess and Mackenzie Hicks pitched a combined two innings out of the bullpen, allowing two hits, one run and produced one strikeout.