University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

vs. Fairmont State (WV) University - 03/24/12

ATH12_030_WarnerJ_TWarner's Grand Slam Helps Lead Mountain Cats Over Fairmont State
    03/24/12... (Box Score) Jake Warner (Dillsburg, Pa.) hit a grand slam and drove in six to lead the Mountain Cats to an 11-4 victory over Fairmont State (WV) University to open a three-game WVIAC Northern Division series, Saturday afternoon at the Point Stadium.  Pitt-Johnstown improved to 12-10 overall and 5-2 in the WVIAC North.
     Ryan Fondriest's double off the left field screen drove in a pair to put Fairmont State up 2-0 in the first inning, but the Mountain Cats scored two in the bottom of the frame to tie it.  Zach Vignero (Johnstown, Pa.) led off with a homerun to left.  Warner followed with a single and eventually scored on Mike Palkovitz' (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) sacrifice fly.
     Two more runs in the Falcons second inning made it 4-2, but Warner belted a grand slam over the left field screen in Pitt-Johnstown's next at-bat to put the Mountain Cats in front 6-4.
     Pitt-Johnstown pushed it out to 8-4 in the fourth inning on back-to-back singles by Warner and Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.).
     Three more runs by the Mountain Cats in the fifth broke it open.  Sam Barbera's (Harrisburg, Pa.) single to center plated Jeff Campbell (Brackenridge, Pa.), and consecutive RBI doubles by Warner and Drew Westover (Flinton, Pa.) increased it to 11-4.
     Warner finished 4-for-5 with a grand slam, a double, six RBI and three runs scored.  Vignero had three hits, including a solo homer, a double and three runs, while Barbera collected three hits, drove in a run, and scored three runs.  Westover and Campbell each added two hits for the Mountain Cats.
     Paul Tunink (Indiana, Pa.) didn't allow a hit and struck out seven in three innings of relief to improve to 2-0.  Nathan Pope (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) pitched the linal four innings and fanned six to earn his first save.  Kody Reighard (Salix, Pa.) started and surrendered four runs on five hits in two innings.
     With the loss, Fairmont State slipped to 7-11 overall and 4-6 in the WVIAC Northern Division.
     The Mountain Cats finish the four-game WVIAC series against Fairmont State (WV) University on Sunday, before hosting a conference doubleheader against Ohio Valley (WV) University on Wednesday.  Both doubleheaders are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the Point Stadium.