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Left to Right: RHP Payne Kosucki; LF Devario Allen; and LHP Ty Plumley had big days for Point in doubleheader sweep at Bluefi
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Baseball - Fri, Apr. 14, 2017

BLUEFIELD, Va. – Point University improved its records to 26-16 overall and 16-4 in Appalachian Conference action with a conference doubleheader sweep at Bluefield College (22-21; 7-13 AAC) by scores of 7-5 and 4-2, Friday, April 14 on Bowen Field in Bluefield, Va.

The Skyhawks have swept four conference doubleheaders this season and moved into a one-half game lead in the conference standings over the NAIA's number six-ranked team, Tennessee Wesleyan University (30-13; 15-4 AAC), which lost 1-0 to third-place Reinhardt University (31-15; 11-8 AAC), Friday evening.  Point plays a three-game conference series at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tenn., Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

 

Point's dynamic pitching duo, right-hander Payne Kosobucki (SR/Midland, GA) and left-hander Ty Plumley (SR/Locust Grove, GA) again won doubleheader games on the same day for the third time this season.  Kosobucki has won four consecutive AAC starts and is 7-3 this season.  He also has struck out 26 batters and has walked just four in his last 29 innings of work.  Opponents are batting .196 against Kosobucki in those four starts.  Plumley is 3-1 in his last four AAC starts with 15 strikeouts and seven walks in his last 20 innings of work.  His season record is 4-3.

 

Catcher and designated hitter Juan Reyes (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) went 3-for-7 in Friday's twinbill at Bluefield and extended his consecutive-game batting streak to five games.  He also has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games and has raised his batting average to a team-best .366 with a team-high 10 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 28 games.  Leftfielder Devario Allen (JR/Saginaw, MI), who is batting .296, leads Point with four home runs and 27 RBI, including three hits in four at-bats with a home run and a double, two walks and two RBI at Bluefield.   First baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.) finished Friday's doubleheader with four hits in eight at-bats, four runs scored, a double, and an RBI, and has a modest two-game batting streak and has raised his batting average to .313 with nine doubles, three home runs and 23 RBI.

 

GAME ONE:  Right-hander Payne Kosobucki (7-3) threw 93 pitches and allowed five runs, all earned, eight hits and one walk and struck out six Bluefield batters in a complete-game victory, his eight complete game of the season.  Kosobucki shut out the Rams for the first three innings before allowing a home run to leftfielder Erik Williams, his 18th of the season, in the third inning.  Bluefield sliced a 7-1 Point lead to 7-5 with four runs on four hits, a walk and a Point error in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Centerfielder Bobby Mena went 3-for-4 for the Rams, and catcher Jordan Jackson had a two-run single during the sixth-inning rally.

 

With two outs in the first inning against right-hander Mike Tinucci, a Bluefield error opened the door for Point, and the Skyhawks took full advantage to score four runs on four hits.  A dropped pop fly was followed by a booming double by Cabral, who scored on an RBI single by right-fielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA).  Devario Allen sent Padron to third base with a long double, and both runners scored on a single to right by third baseman Gehrig Vargas (SO/Chino, CA).

 

Point added one run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by shortstop Nathan Greene (JR/Rex, GA), and added two runs in the fifth inning on a two-out, two-run home run by Allen, his fourth of the season, and his second extra-base hit of the game.  The Skyhawks totaled seven runs, just two earned, nine hits and received three walks from Tinucci (3-2), who also pitched a seven-inning complete game.

 

GAME TWO:  Point staked its starting pitcher Ty Plumley to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Padron, his sixth two-bagger and 18th and 19th RBI of the season, and also scored runs in the third and sixth innings while Bluefield turned double plays in the middle of the diamond.  Point totaled 10 hits against losing pitcher Alex Haas (4-1), who allowed four runs, nine hits and four walks and struck out three in the first six innings and reliever Daniel Ruiz, who allowed one hit in the seventh inning.  Cabral went 3-for-4, stole third base, and scored two runs, and Reyes went 2-for-4.  Padron went 1-for-2 with his RBI double and a walk and a stolen base.

 

Plumley allowed single runs in the fourth and sixth innings and seven hits and two walks and struck out four in six innings of work and threw 77 total pitches.  Lead-off hitter Jose Perez blasted a triple to deep right field when he led off the fourth inning and scored on Williams' sacrifice fly ball and hit a double and scored on a ground-ball out in the sixth inning.  Williams had no hits but drove in two runs for the Rams.

 

Right-hander Jackson Cook (FR/Phenix City, AL) recorded his sixth save and is tied for 17th in the NAIA national statistics.  Cook struck out one and pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

 

NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, Point University hosts Thomas University for a single nine-inning game, Tuesday, April 18, at 3 p.m., at Skyhawks Field in West Point, Ga.  The Skyhawks also travel to Tennessee Wesleyan University next weekend for a crucial three-game conference series in Athens, Tenn.  The teams are scheduled for a Friday, April 21 single game at 3 p.m., and a Saturday, April 22 doubleheader at 1 p.m.

 
 
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