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Point takes on Milligan in the first-round of the AAC Baseball Championship Tournament Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m.
Baseball - Mon, May 1, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Coached by John Tyler, the Point University (32-19; 20-7 AAC) baseball team has reached the Appalachian Athletic Conference Baseball Championships for the fifth consecutive season.  Point enters the tournament as the number-two seed and will face the number-seven seed Milligan College (23-27; 11-16 AAC), which the Skyhawks swept earlier this season in a three-game series, March 24-25.


"I am very proud of my team and what we have been able to accomplish this season," commented Point head coach John Tyler.  "I am looking forward to our conference tournament after setting a school record for most conference wins in a season and finishing as co-conference champs.  We put ourselves in a good position by earning the number two seed for tournament.  Our side of the bracket is the same as last season, except for a few changes in seeding.  It will be exciting to see what we can do."


The tournament will be held, May 3-6, at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The format of the tournament consists of eight teams in two pools of four.  It is double-elimination within pool play, and the winners of the two pools will meet in a winner-take-all championship game, Saturday, May 6, to determine the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament champion.


Point finished the regular season tied for first place in the conference with Tennessee Wesleyan University (35-18; 20-7 AAC), but TWU received the one seed in the tournament for winning its season series against Point, three games to none, April 21-22.


Point's first-round game with Milligan is Wednesday, May 3, at 4 p.m. eastern time.  If Point wins then they will play the winner of a first-round matchup between the number-three seed Bryan College (35-16; 17-10 AAC) and the number-six seed Truett McConnell University (28-25; 12-15 AAC) on Thursday, May 4, at 4 p.m. eastern time.  If the Skyhawks lose their first-round game they will play the loser of the Bryan vs. Truett McConnell game on Thursday, May 4, at 9 a.m. eastern time.  This season, Point took two out of three at home against Bryan, March 31- April 1, and it lost two out of three at Truett McConnell, March 17-18.


Point's offense is led into the tournament by the bats of catcher Juan Reyes (JR/Santo Domingo, D.R.), first baseman Christian Cabral (SR/Santo Domingo, D.R.), leftfielder/designated hitter Devario Allen (JR/Saginaw, MI), and rightfielder Anthony Padron (SR/Columbus, GA).


Reyes leads the team in batting average (.377), extra-base hits (19), slugging percentage (.600), on-base percentage (.383), is tied for first in home runs (5), and is second in hits (49).  Cabral leads the Skyhawks in hits (56), total bases (83), is tied for first in home runs (5), and is second in RBI (31), doubles (12), and slugging percentage (.488).  Allen led the team in RBI (32), tied for the team lead in home runs (5), and was third in runs scored (30) and second in walks (19), and Padron was first in runs scored (35), walks (28), second in on-base percentage (.399), fourth in total bases (65), and fifth in hits (42).


Point's pitching is led by right-hander Payne Kosobucki (SR/Midland, GA), left-hander Ty Plumley (SR/Locust Grove, GA), right-hander Garrett Brown (JR/Valley, AL), and starter/reliever Jesse Ford (JR/Phenix City, AL).


Kosobucki finished the season 8-4 with eight complete games and an ERA of 4.25.  Opponents batted .253 against him and in 84-2/3 innings pitched he allowed 15 walks and struck out 70 batters.  In Plumley's first season as a full-time starter, he was 5-3 with an ERA of 4.52, walked 24, and struck out 49 in 67-2/3 innings.  Brown posted an ERA of 4.97 in 12 starts, finished with a 5-1 record in conference, and allowed 36 walks and struck out 47 in 58 innings.  Ford was 3-2 in 18 games; making three starts, had an ERA of 2.18, walked 13, struck out 29, and recorded three saves in 45-1/3 innings of work.



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