LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box
No. 7 Point Park (Pa.) opened the 2012
Avista-NAIA World Series with a 7-3 win
over No. 10 College of Idaho Friday at
Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho. The
Pioneers (52-9), who snapped a nine-game
losing streak with the victory, advance
to take on No. 2 Lee (Tenn.) Saturday at
3 p.m. PDT. College of Idaho (41-20)
awaits the loser of the No. 3 Oklahoma
City and No. 6 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
game for a loser's bracket contest
Saturday at 12 p.m.
Sean Clark remains undefeated on the
season and improves to 8-0 for Point
Park, scattering five hits and allowing
three earned runs over seven innings of
work. He struck out four and walked just
one in the effort. College of Idaho
starter Taylor Nicholson fell to 9-3 on
the season, allowing seven runs and nine
hits over five innings.
The Coyotes scored the first run of the
game in the top of the third on Zachary
Fabricius' single to left field to drive
in Todd Griffiths, who opened the inning
with a hit by pitch. College of Idaho
would add two more as Izaac Garsez
blasted a double to deep left center
field, scoring Brett Ward and Fabricius.
Point Park answered in the bottom of the
inning, loading the bases with one out.
Following a Nicholson strikeout, Ossie
Alfonzo came through for the Pioneers
with a two out single through the hole
at second base, scoring Don McDuffee and
Dillon Sauers to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Pioneers broke the game open with
five runs in the fifth inning, as
back-to-back singles and a fielder's
choice gave Point Park runners on first
and second with one out. Another round
of back-to-back singles by Lee Bodnar
and Alfonzo gave Point Park its first
lead of the contest, 4-3. The Pioneers
added three additional insurance runs on
a squeeze bunt and a two-run single by
Alfonzo led the way by driving in three
and scoring twice for Point Park in the
win. Additionally, Sauers and Clark
finished 2-for-4 from the dish.
Five different Coyotes registered hits
in the contest, led by Jesse Dodd and
Ward who recorded two apiece.