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Softball - Thu, Apr. 27, 2017 by Troy Baranik

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The St. Andrews University Softball team fell 4-3 in their AAC consolation first round tournament game to 5th seeded Point University (Ga.) on Thursday morning in Kingsport, TN at the Brickyard Ball Fields.

The Lady Knights fall to 17-31 while Point (31-21) will now advance in the consolation bracket and play the winner of Truett and Bryan on Friday afternoon.

AAC Consolation Round: Point 4, SAU 3

Senior starting pitcher Kori Ballard (SR/Richmond Hill, SC) (7-11) started the game for the Knights on the mound and lasted just 2 innings allowing three earned runs on 5 hits and one strikeout. Freshman reliever S.K. Brown (FR/Huntersville, NC) then relieved Ballard in the 3rd inning and went on to toss four innings allowing just 3 hits and one run on a walk and 3 strikeouts as she helped keep the Knights in the game.

Point got out to a 3-0 lead after two innings before extending that to 4-0 heading into the 6th inning. This is where SAU began their rally sending eight women to the plate and began the inning with three straight hits from freshman CF Ashlyn Dial (FR/Laurinburg, NC), shortstop Brennan Broadaway (FR/Oakboro, NC), and Ballard to knock Point's starter out of the game.

An RBI single from Ballard, a RBI groundout, and a Point error trimmed the Skyhawk's lead all the way to 4-3, but SAU unfortunately left runners on 2nd and third to end the inning. Junior infielder Sam Lowder (JR/Stanfield, NC), though, would advance to third in the 7th inning, but could not quite reach home with the tying run as the Knights fell 4-3.

The Lady Knights had six different players record at least one hit with 3 recording multi-hit games. They included Ballard, sophomore DH Lexi Dawson (SO/Garland, NC), and senior catcher Brooke Sikes (SR/Warrenton, NC) while Lowder, Dial, and Broadaway also knocked base hits as SAU tied Point at nine hits apiece in the game while making no errors.

Ballard will end the year on a five-game hitting streak while leading the team in home runs (5) and average (.378), and also first in slugging percentage (.573). Lowder will finish as the team leader in hits (55) and second in average (.377) which put her on the All-Conference Second Team while Broadaway made the All-Freshman Team with her stellar rookie campaign leading in RBIs at 36 as well as a .362 average.

Sikes was also named to the Champions of Character team for her commitment to join Teach for America after graduation and will teach in Memphis next year. Making the all-conference academic team as well was senior Hayley Volpert (SR/Stokesdale, NC) and sophomores Symphony Arguedas (SO/Riverside, CA) and Nikki Santiago (SO/Gainesville, FL).

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