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Anthony Padron (#21) delivered a single and a three-run triple in Point's 8-0 AAC win at Bluefield, April 15
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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 15, 2017

BLUEFIELD, Va. – Point University (27-16; 17-4 AAC) solidified its hold on first place in the Appalachian Athletics Conference standings with an 8-0 victory at Bluefield College (22-22; 7-14 AAC) in Saturday, April 15 on Bowen Field in Bluefield, Va.  Point earned its third consecutive victory and its sixth win in its last seven games, handed Bluefield its eighth consecutive loss, and claimed its fourth 3-game AAC series sweep of the season.

The three-game sweep moves Point into sole possession of first place, one full game ahead of the NAIA's number six-ranked team, Tennessee Wesleyan University (31-14; 16-5 AAC), which lost two of its three games at third-place Reinhardt University (32-16; 11-9 AAC) this weekend.  Point plays a crucial three-game conference series at Tennessee Wesleyan in Athens, Tenn., Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

 

Point right-handers Garrett Brown (JR/Valley, AL) and Jesse Ford (JR/Phenix City, AL) combined for a nine-inning shutout victory on Saturday.  Brown, now 4-3 this season, threw 58 pitches, allowed four singles and no walks, and struck out one in six strong innings.  Brown retired the Rams in order in the first and fourth innings and pitched six fly ball outs and seven ground ball outs.  Ford picked up his first save with a three-inning performance during which he faced just 10 batters, allowed one single and no walks and struck out three Rams.

 

The Skyhawks scored first in all three games of the series at Bluefield.  Against Bluefield starter Christian Sinnott (3-4), the losing pitcher, Point loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the second inning, and centerfielder Jeffery Ginn (SR/Newnan, GA) drew a walk and forced home a run.  Reliever Daniel Ruiz entered the game in the third inning and finished the last five innings, allowing seven runs, three earned, eight hits and one walk, and striking out five Skyhawks.

 

Point added two runs in the fifth inning and led 3-0.  Leftfielder Kyle Kelly (SO/Thomaston, GA) singled, stole second base and scored on a long double to right-centerfield by Juan Reyes (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.), his team-high 11th two-bagger and 13th RBI of the season, and first baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.) drove in his teammate with a sharp single to rightfield.

 

Cabral also earned an RBI during Point's five-run rally in the top of the ninth when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and has 25 RBI this season.  Earlier in the inning, pinch-hitter Chandler Green (JR/Gray, GA) singled home a run, and rightfielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA) cleared the bases with a triple to deep rightfield, giving Point an 8-0 lead with two outs.

 

Padron went 2-for-5 with three RBI and now has 23 RBI this season, and Cabral went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.  Kelly also had two hits for the Skyhawks, and Reyes went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

 

NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, first-place Point University hosts Thomas University for a non-conference 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 series between the top two teams in the conference 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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