Baseball team reaches forty wins

Written By Alex Stumpf

With an 11-1 thrashing of Fisher College on Saturday during an abbreviated contest, the Point Park University baseball team completed their season sweep of the American Mideast Conference and reached the 40-win plateau.“It feels great to reach 40 wins,” third year head coach Loren Torres said during a Sunday night phone interview.The weather played a large part in the Pioneers’ victory, as the cold, rainy conditions hampered Fisher’s pitching staff. During the game, the Pioneers only accumulated five hits, but nine walks and two-hit batsman proved to be enough to spark 11 runs in just five innings. The offense and errorless defense proved to be a great help to freshman lefty Nate Spohn, who with the two-hit complete game improved to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.86.“The weather was in the advantage of the mentally tough,” Torres said. “If we can draw that many walks, our offense is set.”The conditions also hampered Fisher’s defense, as they would end up making six errors over the course of the contest, making three of those during a six-run third inning in which the Pioneers sent 12 men to the plate.With the victories, the No. 9 ranked Pioneers reached the 40-win mark for the seventh time in school history and the first time since 1998. They also extended their current winning streak to eight games, improving their record to 40-7 overall. They are one of only five teams in the country to reach 40 wins. They were supposed to play a doubleheader on Saturday, but the forecast was too bleak and they were barely able to get in the five-inning game before they were forced to quit due to rain. Since the Pioneers had played over 75 percent of their conference games before this point, they are not required to make up that game, clinching their perfect record against their conference foes. They had previously won two doubleheaders apiece against both Houghton College and Walsh University.The Pioneers have two series left between Notre Dame College and Glenville State College before the end of the season, and Torres is looking forward to having his team finish strong and carry this momentum that they have found into the playoffs starting May 1.“We’re focused on our four games in North Carolina,” Torres said. “Once you get there, your record doesn’t affect anything.”