2018 Baseball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
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Left to Right -- 1B Christian Cabral (#12); RHP Payne Kosobucki (#9); and 3B Gehrig Vargas (#32)
Game 1
7 Innings
Game 2
7 Innings
(RV)Truett-McConnell University
Baseball - Fri, Mar. 17, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ga. –Truett-McConnell University (20-9; 4-4 AAC) swept an Appalachian Athletics Conference doubleheader from Point University (15-11; 5-3 AAC) by scores of 3-0 and 9-4 in Friday, March 17 baseball action at the TMU Baseball Complex in Cleveland, Ga.

Point totaled four runs and seven hits in the two games, and allowed 12 runs and 20 hits to the Bears.  The Skyhawks are batting .214 with 44 hits and just one home run in eight conference games, but has won five of the eight games, and Point's eight AAC opponents are batting .238 with 50 hits and three home runs.


GAME ONE:  TMU right-hander Chris Carden, now 4-1 this season, pitched a one-hit shutout and walked two and struck out eight Skyhawks in a seven-inning complete game.  Carden retired the Skyhawks in order in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings and a double play got him out of a minor jam in the seventh and final inning.


Point third baseman Gehrig Vargas (SO/Chino, Calif.) lined a single in the third inning and advanced to third base with two outs but was stranded.


Right-hander Payne Kosobucki (SR/Midland, GA), now 3-3 this season, allowed three runs, all earned, nine hits and one walk and struck out four batters in the first five innings.  The Bears scored two runs in the third inning on a two-run home run by Carden, and added a run in the fifth inning on the second double of the game by first baseman Patrick Overstreet and an RBI single by catcher Tate GainesOverstreet went 3-for-3, and Carden was 2-for-4.


GAME TWO:  TMU left-hander Gregory Elder, now 6-1 this season, allowed three runs, five hits and six walks and struck out eight Skyhawks in 5-2/3 innings and left the game with a 6-3 lead.  Carden entered the game in the top of the sixth and slammed the door shut on a bases-loaded situation after Point had already scored three times in the inning.  Carden allowed Point's fourth run in the top of the seventh inning when first baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) powered his second home run of the season and earned his first save of the season.


Point totaled six hits in the game, including two by Cabral and an RBI double in the sixth inning by catcher Juan Reyes (JR/Santo Domingo, D.R.).  Vargas delivered a two-RBI single in the sixth and trimmed the Bears' lead to 6-3.


Truett-McConnell totaled 11 hits and three walks against four Point pitchers and scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and two in the fourth before Point put three runs on the scoreboard in the sixth.  TMU added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth for its final 9-4 margin.


Carden lifted a sacrifice fly ball in the second inning, drove in a run with a ground ball out in the fourth and powered his second 2-run home run of the doubleheader in the sixth inning and went 1-for-3 with four RBI in game two.  Third baseman Austin Bishop went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and a stolen base, and Overstreet went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly ball for a second RBI.


Left-hander Ty Plumley (SR/Locust Grove, GA), now 1-2 this season, allowed six runs, five earned, seven hits and one walk in the first 3-1/3 innings.  Right-handed reliever Keagan Spradlin (FR/Franklin, GA) walked two and allowed no runs or hits in 1-2/3 innings of work, and right-handed reliever Drew Elliston (SR/LaGrange, GA) was charged with three runs, all earned, and three hits without retiring a batter in the sixth inning.  Right-hander Blake Lorow (SR/Sharpsburg, GA), the starting catcher in game one, allowed one hit and no runs in the sixth after relieving Elliston.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, the Skyhawks faces Truett-McConnell University for an Appalachian Athletic Conference single game, March 18, at 1 p.m., in Cleveland, Ga., and plays a single game at Columbus State University, Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m.