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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 22, 2017

ATHENS, Tenn. – Tennessee Wesleyan University (34-14; 19-5 AAC), which ranks number six in the NAIA National Top 25 Coaches' Poll, defeated Point University (28-19; 17-7 AAC), 12-2 and 6-3, Appalachian Athletics Conference doubleheader action, Saturday, April 22 at Jack Bowling Field in Athens, Tenn.  With the sweep, the Bulldogs took a two-game lead in the conference standings ahead of second-place Point.

Saturday's first game was a make-up game of Friday's second game which was postponed due to rain and thunderstorms.  The make-up game also was delayed due to rain for 52 minutes in the top of the third inning.

 

GAME ONE:  Tennessee Wesleyan blasted five home runs against three Point pitchers in a 12-2 victory.  The Bulldogs scored two in the first inning, five runs on four hits and two Point errors in the fourth, four runs on six hits in the fifth and one in the sixth.  Third baseman Collin Ridout went 4-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored and has 18 home runs and 56 RBI this season.  Ridout hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning against Point's starting pitcher Payne Kosobucki (SR/Midland, GA), a solo homer against Kosobucki in the fifth, and a solo homer against reliever Keagan Spradlin (FR/Franklin, GA) leading off the sixth inning.

 

TWU's designated hitter Alfred Cruz went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored, and hit a solo home run in the fourth and three-run home run in the fifth inning against KosobuckiCruz now has eight home runs and 31 RBI for the season, and has three home runs and 10 RBI in two games against Point this weekend.

 

The Bulldogs totaled 14 hits and received three walks in game one.  Kosobucki, now 7-4 this season, allowed 11 runs, 10 earned, 10 hits and two walks and struck out three Bulldogs in 4-2/3 innings of work and saw his four-game winning streak ended.  Spradlin allowed one run, four hits and a walk in two-third of an inning.  Reliever Will Ziebol (JR/Phenix City, AL) struck out two batters and allowed no hits or walks in the last two-thirds of an inning.

 

TWU left-hander Chris Washington improved his record to 7-1 and allowed one run, three hits and struck out five Skyhawks in the first five innings.  He retired the Skyhawks in order in the second, fourth and fifth innings.  Point scored its first run of the game in the top of the first inning against Washington on an RBI double by first baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.), who extended his hitting streak to five consecutive games.

 

Reliever Erich Knab allowed a sixth-inning single to shortstop Nathan Greene (JR/Rex, GA), who went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Reliever Andrew Shinnick allowed Point's seventh-inning run on an RBI fielder's choice ground ball by centerfielder Jeffery Ginn (SR/Newnan, GA) which scored right-fielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA) who had singled and extended his consecutive-game hitting streak to six games.

 

GAME TWO:  With the teams tied at 3-3, TWU first baseman Dan Ward belted his 20th home run of the season with a teammate on base against right-handed relief pitcher Jesse Ford (JR/Phenix City, AL) and put the Bulldogs ahead, 5-3, in the bottom of the eighth.

 

Point totaled eight hits, including three doubles and a home run, against three Tennessee Wesleyan pitchers and scored two runs in the first inning on a solo home run by catcher Juan Reyes (SR/Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.), his team-leading fifth long ball of the season, and an RBI single by designated hitter Devario Allen (JR/Saginaw, MI), the team-leader with 29 RBI.  Point took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when Allen scored on a squeeze bunt by second baseman Taylor Harper (JR/Columbus, GA).

 

Reyes, who has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and 18 of his last 21, went 4-for-4 with a home run and his team-best 12th double of the season.  Allen went 2-for-3 with an RBI and hit his ninth double.  Padron and Cabral each provided one hit and extended their consecutive-game hitting streaks to seven and six games respectively.

 

TWU starter Ryan Williams allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits and struck out four Skyhawks in 7-2/3 innings of work, but left the game tied at 3-3 with the bases loaded and two outs.  Reliever Daniel Tolano walked Allen, the only batter he faced, on four pitches and was replaced by right-hander Grant Lang, who retired a Point pinch-hitter with the bases loaded to preserve the 3-3 tie.  Lang earned the victory (3-0) when Ward homered in the bottom of the eighth, and retired Point in order in the ninth inning.

 

The Bulldogs scored single runs in the first, fourth and seventh inning against Point left-hander Ty Plumley (SR/Locust Grove, GA), who allowed six hits, two walks and three runs, two earned, in 6-1/3 innings of work.  Plumley departed the game in the bottom of the seventh with the teams tied at 3-3 and a runner on third base with one out.  Ford replaced Plumley and retired a runner trying to score from third on an errant pitch and the final batter of the inning.

 

Ford also pitched the eighth inning and took the loss (3-2) after surrendering Ward's game-winning homer.  He allowed three hits and three runs, two earned, in 1-2/3 innings of work.

 

Shortstop Edwin Bonilla went 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs; rightfielder Nehwon Norkeh went 2-for-2 with an RBI, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs; and centerfielder Malik Stephens was 2-for-4.

 

NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, Point University hosts Columbus State University (25-17) for a single nine-inning game, Tuesday, April 25, at 4 p.m., at Skyhawks Field in West Point, Ga., the Skyhawks' final home game, and travels to Laurinburg, N.C., to play a conference three-game series at St. Andrews University.  The teams play an AAC doubleheader, Thursday, April 27, at 12 noon, and a single nine-inning game, Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m.

 
 
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