2018 Softball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
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Catcher Brooke Williams (#4) on left; and outfielder Leslie Hinkle (#8) on right, in action for Point during 2017 season
Game 1
7 Innings
Game 2
8 Innings
Faulkner University
Softball - Wed, Apr. 19, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Point University (30-20) completed its regular-season schedule with a non-conference doubleheader loss at Faulkner University (22-27), losing game one, 1-0, and game two, 3-2, in eight innings in Wednesday, April 19 collegiate softball action in Montgomery, Ala.

With its win in game one, Faulkner snapped Point's winning streak at eight consecutive games.  The Skyhawks end the regular season with two more wins (30) than it recorded during the 2016 season when Point posted a 28-27 record, including post-season games.


GAME ONE:  Point starting pitcher Ryan Simpson (SO/Cusseta, AL) (15-10) gave up the game's only run on back-to-back doubles by the first two Faulkner batters, centerfielder Hannahlee Harris and second baseman Abbie Barron, in the first inning.  Faulkner received no walks and managed four hits, two by leftfielder Taylor Nelson, against Simpson, who struck out four and threw 77 pitches in six innings.  Simpson's winning streak ended at five and her scoreless-inning streak ended at 33-2/3 innings, but she still has surrendered just one run and struck out 30 batters in her last 39-2/3 innings of work in six appearances.


Faulkner pitcher Emma Cornell (5-7) struck out nine Skyhawks and walked two and scattered four singles over seven innings.  Catcher Brooke Williams (JR/Valley, AL), extended her consecutive-game batting streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning single in game one.


Point's first baseman Shea Pendley (SO/Chatsworth, GA) lined a single to rightfield in the first inning of game one and also singled in game two and extended her batting streak to 11 consecutive games and has hit safely in 13 of her last 14 games.  Pendley is batting .529 with 11 RBI and eight doubles during her 11-game batting streak.


GAME TWO:  The Skyhawks scored two runs in the first inning on a bases-loaded squeeze bunt by Williams, who extended her consecutive-batting streak to 15 consecutive games and 21 of the last 22.  She is batting .380 with 12 RBI during her batting streak.


Shortstop Sadie Proctor (FR/Newnan, GA) led off the first inning with a single to center, and centerfielder Amber Anderson (SR/Hazel Green, AL) bunted for a sacrifice and reached base on a wild throw from third base.  Pendley sacrificed the runners to second and third, and Williams followed with a well-executed squeeze bunt that scored Proctor easily and Anderson, who raced all the way home from second base.


Point right-hander Allie Beilstein (FR/Montgomery, AL) (13-9) pitched 5-2/3 innings of scoreless softball and had not allowed a run in 30-1/3 consecutive innings in her last seven appearances.  She also had won five consecutive starts.  But the scoreless-inning streak ended when Beilstein walked Harris, who stole second base, and scored ahead of a two-run home run by Faulkner shortstop Kendall Bennett, who connected for her fourth home run of the season with two outs in the sixth inning and tied the game at 2-2.


The winning streak also ended in the bottom of the eighth when Beilstein surrendered a one-out double to Barron, who scored with two outs on Bennett's walk-off RBI single.  Beilstein allowed three runs, all driven in by Bennett, five hits, two by Bennett, and three walks and struck out one batter.  She has struck out 23, walked just eight batters, and allowed just three runs in her last 35-1/3 innings.


After Faulkner tied the game in the sixth, both teams failed to score in the seventh.  In the eighth inning, Point third baseman Micah Simmons (JR/Darien, GA) reached on a walk, and leftfielder Leslie Hinkle (SR/Lafayette, AL) extended her at-bat to 14 pitches and fouled off eight pitches before slamming a double to left-center to move Simmons to third base with two outs, but the next batter struck out, ending the inning.


Point totaled six hits and received four walks from Faulkner's winning pitcher Tori Davis (5-6), who struck out six Skyhawks and allowed just one earned run.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by Jennifer Perkins Tyler, the Skyhawks begin action at the Appalachian Athletics Conference Women's Softball Championships at the Brickyard Ball Fields in Kingsport, Tenn., Wednesday, April 26-Saturday, April 29.  The Skyhawks ranked fifth in the current AAC standings with a 12-8 conference record.