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St. Andrews University
Softball - Thu, Apr. 27, 2017

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Point University (31-21) stayed alive in the 2017 Appalachian Athletics Conference Tournament with a 4-3 victory over number-eight seeded St. Andrews University (17-31) in an elimination game, Thursday, April 27, at the Brickyard Ball Fields in Kingsport, Tenn.

Number five-seeded Point advances to a second elimination game on Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m., against the loser of Friday's 11 a.m. winner's bracket game between number three-seeded Union College (28-26) and number seven-seeded Milligan College (18-18).  Thursday's Tennessee Wesleyan vs. Reinhardt and Union vs. Milligan games were postponed due to rain on Thursday afternoon and moved to Friday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively.  If Point wins its first Friday game, it plays again at 9 p.m., against an opponent yet to be determined.


Point totaled nine hits against two St. Andrews pitchers, including three by centerfielder Amber Anderson (SR/Hazel Green, AL), an All-AAC first team and All-Defensive Team selection who now ranks second on the team with a .341 batting average, and two for first baseman Shea Pendley (SO/Chatsworth, GA), who ripped her team-leading 14th double in the third inning and team-leading fifth home run in the fifth inning which gave Point a 4-0 lead.  Pendley, an All-AAC second team and All-Defensive Team selection, also leads the team with 36 RBI and a .417 batting average and has hit safely in 12 of her last 13 games.


Junior catcher Brooke Williams (JR/Valley, AL) also extended her consecutive-game batting streak to 16 games with an RBI single for Point's first run of the game in the first inning.  Williams ranks third on the team with a .338 batting average.  Third baseman Madyson Brown, also an All-AAC second team selection, had drove in Anderson from third base with a sacrifice fly ball in the bottom of the second and also led off the Point half of the first inning with a single.  Leftfielder Leslie Hinkle (SR/Lafayette, AL) and second baseman Tomi Kate O'Neal (SR/Birmingham, AL) also had singles for the Skyhawks.


Point scored one run in the first inning and two in the second against losing pitcher Kori Ballard (7-11), who allowed three runs, all earned, and five hits in two innings of work.  Reliever Sarah Brown allowed Pendley's fifth-inning home run and three other hits and a walk and struck out three Skyhawks in the last four innings.


Point right-hander Allie Beilstein (FR/Montgomery, AL), an All-AAC second team selection this season, improved her season record to 14-9 with five strong innings of work.  She struck out five and walked one and allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, and is 5-1 in her last six starts.


Ryan Simpson (SO/Cusseta, AL) (15-11) picked up her first save of the season with two scoreless innings.  Simpson entered the game in the top of the sixth with no outs and runners on second and third bases with Point leading, 4-1.  Although both inherited runners scored to cut the lead to 4-3, one on a ground ball out and the other on a Point error, Simpson finally retired the side and preserved the Skyhawks' lead.  She allowed a lead-off single in the seventh and then retired three consecutive batters to end the game.


Ballard, catcher Brooke Sikes and designated player Lexi Dawson had two hits each for the Knights.  Ballard and Dawson each drove in runs.