Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Point Park Baseball: Let's Play ... Four

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Point Park Baseball: Let's Play ... Four

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Point Park University center fielder Demetrius Moorer reached down to remove his socks last Friday night when a puddle formed in his hand. His feet were soaked with sweat.

Senior left fielder Shane Conley, hungry and exhausted, barely mustered the energy to pile food on his plate at a Shoney's buffet that he eventually "went to town on, and then got out of there."

And star pitcher Jason Kim slept ... seconds after entering his hotel room.

These events occurred in the aftermath of an 8-hour, 10-minute baseball marathon experienced by the Pioneers in Owensboro, Ky. They played a quadrupleheader - four games in a day - against host Brescia to avoid an imminent weekend storm.

The opening pitch was thrown at 2 p.m. The final out occurred at 10:10. It gave new meaning to the popular catchphrase "Let's play two," uttered by former Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks

"I've been involved in three tripleheaders in 20 years of coaching - only three," Point Park's Loren Torres said, with emphasis. "I'd never even heard of anyone playing four games. It was out there, for sure."

Point Park needed a sweep to secure a No. 2 seed in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, which commenced Wednesday in Kingsport, Tenn. Because they won the first three, the Pioneers were generously offered a chance to play a fourth by Brescia.

"I thought it was a joke when one of my teammates told me that we were playing again," Moorer said. "Then, when I saw guys getting ready, I said, 'Wow, we're really doing this.'"

Point Park (28-23) lost the finale, 3-2, and entered the KIAC tournament as the third seed. The Pioneers dropped the first game of the tournament Wednesday, 12-8 against No. 4 Rio Grande, and faced an elimination game Thursday against No. 1 Indiana University Southeast.

"It's hard to sweep a doubleheader, let alone a quadrupleheader," said Conley, a Carlynton High graduate. "That's a lot of baseball."

The lengthy undertaking featured 28 total innings, at seven innings per game. The teams combined for 19 runs, 48 hits and 8 errors. They also shared an experience that left an indelible impression. …

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