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St. Andrews University
Baseball - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017

LAURINBURG, N.C. – Point University (32-19; 20-7 AAC) completed a three-game series sweep against St. Andrews University (23-31; 8-19 AAC) with a 12-5 victory in game three in Friday, April 28 Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball action on Clark Field in Laurinburg, N.C.


Point is currently two games behind first-place Tennessee Wesleyan University in the conference standings.  If Tennessee Wesleyan is swept by Bluefield (Va.) in its three-game series on April 28-29 then the Skyhawks will enter the postseason as the number one seed, but any other outcome will result in the Skyhawks entering the postseason as the number two seed.


Point finished the contest with 16 hits; including seven doubles and one home run, collected 12 RBI, and walked twice.  Neither team's offense was able to put together any runs in each of the first three innings until the Skyhawks opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run homer by designated hitter Devario Allen (JR/Saginaw, MI) that sailed over the rightfield fence, scoring pinch-runner Jeffery Ginn (SR/Newnan, GA) with two outs


Point's offense exploded in the top of the sixth, scoring six runs on five hits.  Third baseman Gehrig Vargas (SO/Chino, CA) singled home the first two runs of the inning; second baseman Taylor Harper (JR/Columbus, GA) singled home the third run, leftfielder Kyle Kelly (SO/Thomaston, GA) smacked a double to bring home Vargas for the fourth run, Harper scored the fifth run on a misplayed grounder by an SAU fielder, and Kelly came home to score the final run of the inning on a fielder's choice.


The Skyhawks held a 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but the Knights plated four runs of their own to shrink Point's advantage to four runs after six, 8-4.  The Skyhawks would go on to add two more runs in the seventh, and one run in each the eighth and ninth enroute to a series sweep and win over SAU, 12-5.


Point starter Garrett Brown (JR/Valley, AL) (5-4) picked up his fifth win of the season and improved his conference record to 5-1 on the season, allowing seven hits, four runs, four walks, and striking out four in 5-2/3 innings of work.  Right-handers Will Ziebol (JR/Phenix City, AL) and Jesse Ford (JR/Phenix City, AL) combined to allow one hit, one run, one walk, and struck out three in 3-1/3 innings of relief.


Every Point starter finished the contest with at least one hit, led by Harper who finished with three hits; including one double, three RBI, and scored one run.  Catcher Juan Reyes (JR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) added two hits and now has hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games, first baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.) upped his hitting streak to nine games, centerfielder Bryce Jay (SR/Gardendale, AL) had one hit and one RBI to increase his hitting streak to nine games, and with one hit and one RBI, rightfielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA) has now hit safely in nine out of his last 10 games.  Allen had two hits; including a two-run home run and scored two runs, and Vargas had two hits, two RBI and scored one run.


NEXT GAMES:  Coached by John Tyler, the Skyhawks will compete in the AAC Baseball Championship Tournament May 3-6 at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.  Game times and opponents will be announced when the information becomes available.  Keep checking our website and social media accounts for new information.