Beardsley no-hits OCU

Pitchers continue dominance, stretch streak to 14

Written By Jordan Slobodinsky, Co-Opinions Editor

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Sophomore pitcher Nick Beardsley threw a no-hitter for the Pioneers on Saturday against Ohio Christian.

Beardsley’s win was in the second game of the day and resulted in the second win for the Pioneers after senior pitcher Nolan Krivijanski pitched a complete game in the first contest.

“In the beginning of the game I didn’t even think I felt too good,” Beardsley said. “As the game went on, I realized I was perfect, and I [was] pretty upset when I walked a guy.”

Only two batters reached base during Beardsley’s campaign, one via a walk and the other was the product of a wild pitch after a strikeout.

“I wanted to keep the no-hitter going,” Beardsley said. “I just went out that last inning and adrenaline kicked in. When it happened, I blacked out and just kept screaming.”

In the first game of the doubleheader at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler, Pa., Krivijanski, who was coming off a perfect game two weeks ago and a one-hitter last week, went the distance and gave up one unearned run. Krivijanski gave up eight hits, one walk and struck out four in the contest.

Point Park struck early in the game as they scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning. Junior center fielder Stefan Mrkonja and designated hitter Richard Perez both contributed to spur the offense early in the game. In the first inning, Mrkonja hit a single and scored on Perez’s RBI single.

Junior right-fielder Edberg Dominguez hit a single that scored another run later in the inning. Junior second baseman Andy Herrera and senior shortstop Cole Johnson started the inning with a pair of singles. Junior catcher Chris Hernandez then drove in two runs with a base hit.

The Pioneers won 6-1.

The nightcap showed a more productive Point Park offense, as the Pioneers ended the game with 18 hits en route to a 16-0 win. Mrkonja hit two doubles and had four RBIs while Johnson went 2-4 with a double and four RBIs. Perez got three more hits and collected two RBIs.

Eight of the first nine batters Point Park sent to the plate scored. The Pioneers batted around the order for the first two innings and put up 13 runs on 13 hits.

The teams took Sunday off and returned to Green Tree Park Monday for the Pioneers’ first true home game of the season to wrap up the four-game series.

The Pioneers took the first game of Monday’s contest 11-5 and again struck early with the offense. Senior pitcher Antony Garofalo started the game and went 2.1 innings. Garofalo gave up eight hits, three runs and no walks while striking out one.

The Pioneers scored two runs in the first inning, but fell behind 3-2 after the top of the second inning. In the bottom on the second inning, the Pioneers struck back by scoring four runs. Senior first baseman Emmanuel Lopez highlighted the inning with a three-run home run.

Ohio Christian tallied  two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning, but were ultimately defeated by a solid Point Park bullpen.

The final game of the series resulted in another Point Park victory, completing its third sweep in as many weeks. Point Park jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. In the fourth inning the Pioneers scored four runs, highlighted by another three-run home run from Lopez.

During the next two innings, Point Park accumulated four more runs, eventually leading to a 9-4 win for Point Park. Addison Domingo went six innings and gave up two runs to earn his sixth win of the season.

Point Park improved to 23-7 and currently stands at 16-4 in the Rivers States Conference. The Pioneers will travel to New England this weekend for non-conference games, and continues conference play April 14-15 at Midway, which is currently 16-4 in the RSC.

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