Winning streak stretches to 10

Domingo pitches Pioneers to RSC sweep

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Winning streak stretches to 10

Written By Jordan Slobodinsky, Co-Opinions Editor

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Point Park continued its hot streak this weekend, completing its second River States Conference (RSC) sweep in a row.

Point Park defeated Asbury University in four games last Thursday and Friday. Junior pitcher Addison Domingo picked up two wins in relief in the final two games.

“I’m on standby always, and I like that because then the game is all up to me and it’s nice being the one the coaches go to,” Domingo said.

The first game in the series resulted in a 7-1 win for the Pioneers. Senior pitcher Nolan Krivijanski, who threw a perfect game last week, threw a one-hitter against Asbury to open the series. Krivijanski pitched the entire game while only walking one and striking out seven. He also carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning until it was broken up by a bunt and an error.

Point Park had 11 hits during the game, putting six of those hits to good use in the fourth inning. The Pioneers scored five runs in the fourth inning after falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the third.

Junior outfielder Stefan Mrkonja went 3-4 with two RBIs. Mrkonja’s single in the fourth inning led to a run. Junior outfielder Edberg Dominguez and sophomore infielder Erik Montero both hit RBI singles in the inning as well, and senior infielder Cole Johnson hit a double that scored another run.

The Pioneers added two more runs in the sixth inning and Krivijanski kept Asbury’s bats silent.

The second game of the series resulted in a 4-2 win for the Pioneers. Sophomore pitcher Nicholas Beardsley had a strong outing, giving up only four hits in five and a third innings. Beardsley struck out eight batters without issuing a walk.

Mrkonja lead the game off with a solo home run and the lead was extended to 2-0 when junior infielder Andres Herrera hit an RBI single. Asbury tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, but the Pioneers responded in the seventh inning with two runs.

Dominguez drove the runs in off a single and senior pitcher Keenan Smith didn’t give up a run in his 1.2 innings of relief. Smith improved to 5-0 on the season.

On Friday, Point Park and Asbury combined for forty-six hits. Domingo tossed relief in both games, earning both wins.

The first contest went into extra innings after Mrkonja hit a solo home run to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning.

The score remained 5-5 until the Pioneers scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Dominguez  hit the go-ahead RBIs with a three-run double.

Senior pitcher Anthony Garofalo started the game for Point Park and gave up four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. Smith and senior pitcher Logan Linder combined to pitch the next 1.2 innings, and Domingo finished off the last four.

Domingo gave up one run on four hits and struck out five.

The second game Friday was another slugfest between the Pioneers and the Eagles. The Pioneers scored three runs in both the third and fourth inning, but Asbury kept up by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie things at eight.

The Pioneers responded by putting up one run in the sixth and the final two in the top of the seventh inning.

Mrkonja was 2-4 with a walk and three runs in the contest.  Johnson went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Domingo pitched 2.2 innings and gave up just one hit.

“It should be nice to be home this weekend, it’ll be a totally different feeling being at home,” Domingo said.

The Pioneers are 19-7 overall on the season, and are 12-4 in the RSC. Point Park continues RSC play this weekend versus Ohio Christian.

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