Baseball pitching staff throws combined no-hitter versus CCU

Written By Robert Berger, Co-Sports Editor

Photo by Robert Berger
Senior Felix Castillo got the win in game one Thursday afternoon versus CCU.

Last weekend, the Pioneer baseball team threw a combined no-hitter while picking up a 22-0 victory over conference opponent Cincinnati Christian University (CCU).

The no-hitter came in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon which was part of a three game series, which Point Park swept.

Juniors Marco Quintanar, Ruben Ramirez and senior Robelin Bautista’s all pitched in the effort. Quintanar started things off throwing for 4.0 innings. After walking the leadoff batter, he retired the next 12 batters and picked up four strikeouts.

Two big innings were responsible for the blowout win as Point Park tallied 11 runs just in the first inning. The offense sent 16 batters to the plate in the process. After a scoreless second inning, Point Park added 10 more runs in the third inning.

Sophomore Ed Pfluger and senior Jake Forgrave were both 1 for 1 with a walk and two RBIs. Forgrave blasted a two-run double to help break open the first inning. Pfluger finished off the inning with a two-run double of his own.

The day before, the Pioneers picked up an 11-0 win against the Eagles. Originally scheduled for nine innings, Point Park got the job done in seven, putting into effect the seven run rule.

The Point Park offense tallied three home runs on the day. The first came in the fourth inning when junior Antonio Carrillo came through with a three-run homerun to deep center which made the score 4-0.

Two innings later,  Erik Montero hit a grand slam to left field which made the score 8-0. Then in the sixth, Burroughs nailed a three-run home run to right field, making the score 10-0.

Senior Felix Castillo was on the mound and went the distance in game one. Defensively, the team played perfect.

In the opening game Saturday afternoon, the Pioneers picked up the victory to a score of 8-4. CCU made it a close contest by taking a 4-3 lead in the sixth due to a couple of unearned runs, but Point Park took it right back in the bottom half of the inning.

Starting on the mound was senior Nick Bucci who threw for 4.1 innings. After CCU posed a threat in the fifth, the Pioneers turned to junior Ryan Huber to finish the remaining 4.2 innings, and he got the victory to improve to 9-0 on the year.

An error allowed CCU to tie the score at 3-3 with one out in the sixth. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly by Noah Brewer put the Eagles in front 4-3.

Cole Horew led Point Park going 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. He was involved in five of Point Park scoring plays.   The Pioneers added on    o their lead with Ed Pfluger’s fifth homer of the year to lead off the seventh. Tyler Dobie and Luis Mujica added RBI doubles in the eighth to bump the advantage to 8-4.

The team will continue conference play next weekend at Asbury University.