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Left to Right -- Centerfielder Bryce Jay, catcher Juan Reyes, and starting pitcher Sahir Fersobe
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(2)Georgia Gwinnett College
Baseball - Tue, Mar. 14, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. –Point University (15-9) was defeated by number two-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College (19-8), 10-9, on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning in Tuesday, March 14 non-conference NAIA intercollegiate baseball action at the Grizzly Baseball Complex in Lawrenceville, Ga.

The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for Point, which hosts Georgia Gwinnett later in the season on Tuesday, April 11, at Skyhawk Field in West Point, Ga.


Point scored two runs in both the second and third innings and jumped ahead early, 4-0.  Pinch-runner Marquise Glenn (SO/Covington, GA) scored the first run of the game in the top of the second on a fielder's choice, and third baseman Kyle Kelly (SO/Thomaston, GA) was knocked in by an RBI single from shortstop Nathan Greene (JR/Rex, GA).


The Skyhawk's third and fourth runs came in the top of the third inning.  First baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) was sent home from third base on a bases-loaded walk, and right fielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA) scored the second run of the inning and fourth of the game on a fielder's choice.


The Grizzlies scored three runs in the bottom of the third to cut into the Skyhawk's lead.  After the first two batters of the bottom of the third walked, rightfielder Brady Hamilton tripled to deep right-center field, scoring both base runners.  Hamilton scored the third and final run of the inning on a ground by the next batter, putting the Grizzlies within one run of the Skyhawks at the end of the fourth inning, 4-3.


Point increased its advantage to two runs by adding a single run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI ground ball off the bat of centerfielder Bryce Jay (SR/Gardendale, AL), but Georgia Gwinnett rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, 5-5.


The Skyhawks regained their lead by scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Grizzlies responded, scoring four runs of their own in the bottom half of the eighth, tying the game once again going into the ninth inning, 9-9.


The Skyhawks were held scoreless in their half of the ninth, but the Grizzlies were able to capitalize on a one-out hit-by-pitch and a passed ball to move a runner to third, allowing shortstop Angel Soto to lift a sacrifice fly deep enough into right-center field to score the game-winning run, giving the Grizzlies the one-run victory, 10-9.


Point starting pitcher Sahir Fersobe (JR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) allowed four hits, three runs, four walks, and struck out three in just three innings of work.  Five relief pitchers for the Skyhawks combined to allow five hits, seven runs, five earned, four walks, and struck out four batters in 5-2/3 innings pitched.  Reliever Keagan Spradlin (FR/Franklin, GA) (0-1) received his first loss of the season.


Georgia Gwinnett starter Nick Andrews allowed six hits, four runs; two earned, two walks, and struck out two in three innings pitched.  Four relievers combined to allow four hits, five runs, three walks, and struck out six Skyhawks in six innings of work.  Reliever Michael Mayuski (2-0) pitched 1-1/3 innings and earned his second win of the year.


Cabral, Kelly, and catcher Juan Reyes (JR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) each had two hits on the day, and Jay added a team-high four RBI for the Skyhawks.  Greene, Reyes, designated hitter Taylor Harper (JR/Columbus, GA), and leftfielder Jeffery Ginn (SR/Newnan, GA) each added an RBI in the game.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, the Skyhawks travel to face Truett-McConnell University for an Appalachian Athletic Conference three-game series, March 17-18, in Cleveland, Ga.  Game one begins Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., and games two and three will be played as a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18, starting at 12 p.m.