2018 Softball
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Left to Right -- Catcher Brooke Williams (4); RHP Ryan Simpson (3); 2B Tomi Kate O'Neal (2); and RHP Allie Beilstein (14)
Softball - Mon, Apr. 24, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University women's softball (30-20; 12-8 AAC), coached by Jennifer Tyler, received the number five seed in the Appalachian Athletics Conference (AAC) Women's Softball Championships and meets number four-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan University (20-14; 12-8 AAC) in a first-round game, Wednesday, April 26, at 11 p.m.


The tournament is an eight-team, double elimination tournament and is being played, April 26-29, at the Brickyard Ball Fields in Kingsport, Tenn.  Click this link to view the tournament pairings and information page and bookmark the page.

A tournament bracket is available by clicking this link.

Click this link to bookmark the page and watch the tournament games live online.  The cost to watch the tournament games live is: $7.99 per game and $19.99 for the entire tournament.

Live Stats are available on the Dakstats Tournament page which can be reached by clicking this link.

And for directions to the Brickyard Ball Fields in Kingsport, Tenn., please click here.


The Skyhawks play the first tournament game at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, against Tennessee Wesleyan.  Point and TWU tied for fourth place in the AAC softball standings, but by virtue of its doubleheader sweep against Point, March 29, the Bulldogs received the higher seed.  The winner of Wednesday's game meets the winner of Wednesday's 1 p.m. game between number one-seeded Reinhardt University (37-14-1; 15-5 AAC) and number eight-seeded St. Andrews University (17-29; 7-13 AAC) on Thursday, April 27, at 3 p.m., and the loser of the Point vs. TWU game meets the loser of Reinhardt vs. St. Andrews, Thursday, at 11 a.m.

Reinhardt received the number one seed by virtue of its doubleheader sweep against second-place Bryan College, and shared the regular-season co-championship with Bryan.  Reinhardt also ranks number 16 in the NAIA National Top 25 Coaches' poll and has already qualified for the NAIA Softball World Series which begins May 15-17 with the national championship opening round at on-campus sites and continues May 26-June 1 in Clermont, Fla.


Number two-seeded Bryan College (23-22; 15-5 AAC) and number seven-seeded Milligan College (17-18; 10-10 AAC) play Wednesday, April 26, at 3 p.m., and number three-seeded Union College (27-26; 13-7 AAC) plays number six Truett-McConnell University (26-17; 11-9 AAC) at 5 p.m.  The winner of the game between Bryan and Milligan plays the winner of the Union vs. Truett-McConnell game on Thursday, April 27, at 5 p.m., and the loser of the Bryan vs. Milligan game meets the loser of the Union vs. Truett-McConnell game at 1 p.m. on Thursday.


The tournament continues on Friday, April 28, with winners' and losers' bracket games at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., setting up Saturday's 11 a.m. final elimination game and the championship game at 1 p.m., with a 3 p.m. game (if needed).


POINT UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S SOFTBALL SEASON RECAP:  Coached by Jennifer Tyler (Sixth season) and Sarah Warren (Sixth season), Point recorded 30 wins for the first time in its six-year softball history (30-20) and finished in a fourth-place tie (12-8) with Tennessee Wesleyan in the AAC regular-season standings.  The Skyhawks swept AAC doubleheaders with number eight-seeded St. Andrews (N.C.), number seven-seeded Milligan (Tenn.), Montreat (Tenn.) and Columbia (S.C.) and split conference twinbills with number one-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.), number six-seeded Truett-McConnell, Bluefield College and number three-seeded Union College (Ky.).  Number two-seeded Bryan College and number four-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan University swept conference doubleheaders from Point.  Tennessee Wesleyan, Point's first opponent in the 2017 AAC Tournament, defeated the Skyhawks 2-1 and 5-2, March 29.


Point put together a four-game winning streak midway through the season and won eight in a row before dropping the last doubleheader of the season at Faulkner University, April 19.  Point went 10-10 in games decided by one-run, 3-2 in games decided by two runs, and won all four of its 1-0 games.  Point pitching has shutout 13 opponents this season, and Point scored no runs in just two of its 50 games.


Point's starting pitchers have allowed just 11 runs and have struck out 54 and walked just 14 in their last 76-2/3 innings combined.  Point has won nine and lost just two of those games.  Right-hander Ryan Simpson (SO/Cusseta, AL) is 15-10 overall and 7-3 in conference with a 1.91 earned-run average, 14 complete games, four shutouts and two combined shutouts and has struck out 85 and walked just 20 in 146-1/3 innings of work.


Right-hander Allie Beilstein (FR/Montgomery, AL) is 13-9 with two saves and has a 2.56 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 45 walks in 156 innings of work.  Beilstein owns 17 complete games, three shutouts and four combined shutouts.


First baseman Shea Pendley (SO/Chatsworth, GA) leads Point in batting average (.420) hits (68) and RBI (35) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (13) with centerfielder Amber Anderson (SR/Hazel Green, AL) and the team home run lead (4) with designated player Lacy Striblin (SO/Valley, AL).  Pendley owns a current consecutive-game hitting streak of 11 games, during which she has 18 hits in 34 at-bats (.529) with 8 doubles and 11 RBI.


Anderson is batting .337 with 13 doubles, a team-high four triples, three home runs, 28 RBI and a team-best 45 runs scored.  She also has not committed any errors in 72 total fielding chances.  Catcher Brooke Williams (JR/Valley, AL) ranks second on the team with a .338 batting average and has hit safely in 15 consecutive games and 21 of her last 22.  She is batting .380 with 19 hits and 12 RBI during her current streak.  Williams also has six doubles, two home runs and 27 RBI and has scored 23 runs.


Second baseman Tomi Kate O'Neal (SR/Birmingham, AL) is batting .322 with six doubles and 13 RBI and leads the team with seven stolen bases.  Striblin is batting .317 with six doubles, one triple, four home runs and 24 RBI, and third baseman Madyson Brown (JR/Valley, AL) is batting .315 with four doubles, three triples and a home run and 14 RBI.  Shortstop Sadie Proctor (FR/Newnan, GA) is batting .281 with three doubles, 25 runs scored and eight RBI, and third baseman Micah Simmons (JR/Darien, GA) is batting .253 with six doubles and three home runs and is tied for second with Anderson for second place on the team with 28 RBI.


TENNESSEE WESLEYAN SEASON RECAP:  Coached by Toby Brooks (15th season), Tennessee Wesleyan went 20-14 overall and 12-8 in conference and tied for fourth place with Point.  The Bulldogs defeated Point, 2-1 and 5-2, and owned the tiebreaker between the two teams, so received the number four seed in the AAC Tournament.  TWU won seven consecutive games mid-season after a 9-8 start.


The Bulldogs recorded three shutout victories and lost by shutout four times.  TWU went 4-1 in games decided by two runs and 5-4 in games decided by one run.


TWU's top two pitchers combined for 17 of their 20 wins.  Junior Rachel Mathews went 9-5 with 46 strikeouts and 18 walks and a 1.72 ERA in 85-1/3 innings of work, and threw eight complete games and one shutout and also recorded three saves.  Senior Hannah Manley posted an 8-3 record with eight complete games, one shutout and one save and had a 2.69 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks in 80-2/3 innings of work


Sophomore second baseman Baylee Sutton leads the Bulldogs with a .435 batting average, 27 runs scored, eight doubles, four home runs and 31 RBI, and sophomore outfielder MacKenzie Jackson is batting .378 and has stolen 10 bases.  Senior first baseman Alyssa King is batting .322 with five doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI.