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Baseball - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017 by Troy Baranik

LAURINBURG, N.C. - The St. Andrews University Baseball team dropped their final AAC series of the season with conference #2 seed Point University (Ga.) in Laurinburg on Friday afternoon. Point swept the DH on Thursday winning 8-6 and 9-1 before taking game 3 on Friday 12-5.

Game 1: Point 8, SAU 6

Game one on Thursday was the most competitive of the series with the two foes trading runs over the first three innings before the Knights scored two in the bottom of the 4th to take a 4-2 lead on the Skyhawks. SAU scored their first two runs on wild pitches and began the fourth with two beautiful bunt base hits by outfielders Lee Poteat (FR/Salisbury, NC) and Jackson before Poteat came around to score the third run on a wild pitch and error by Point. Jackson would then come around to score on a Matt Polak RBI single.

Point, however, took control of the game in the 5th inning taking advantage of some errors by the Knights and two wild pitches, a hit by pitch and a balk by SAU starter Trevor Maly (JR/Channahon, IL). A triple from Point then made it 8-4 after five innings. SAU did load the bases in the 5th with two outs, but could not push across any runs. The Knights would tack on two more runs over the 6th and 7th innings on an RBI double from Byrd and a fielder's choice from Dickens.

Maly ended up going 4 and 1/3 innings allowing 8 hits and 8 runs with just 2 earned on a walk and 4 Ks. Relievers Saylor and freshman Davis O'Brien then finished the game with 2.2 scoreless innings while Saylor struck out two and finishes as the ERA leader for the Knights at 3.68.

SAU had multi-hit games from Poteat, Jackson, and M. Polak along with 3 extra-base hits.

Game 2: Point 9, SAU 1

Point rolled past the Knights 9-1 in game two as they consistently scored two runs in each of the innings 3 through 6 off SAU starter Zach Mathes (SO/Collinsville, IL) (3-1). Mathes lasted 5 innings allowing 9 hits and 9 runs (6 earned) on 7 walks and 4 strikeouts as he struggled with his control.

Freshman pitcher Davis O'Brien (FR/Kernersville, NC) then threw the final two innings scoreless.

Offensively, SAU was led by Trey Byrd's two hits while he and senior DH Justin Williams (SR/Stanley, NC) recorded extra-base hits including an RBI double by Williams in the first inning.

The Knights ended the year with six players hitting at .300 or better led by Poteat's .396 average and 7 triples. Jackson led the team in home runs with 7 and RBIs with 49 as well.

Game 3: Point 12, SAU 5

SAU dropped game three of their series 12-5 as they could not quite put together any sustained rallies leaving 10 men on base throughout including the bases loaded twice through the first four innings. Point got out to a 2-0 lead on a home run and then scored 8 runs in the 6th to almost put the game of reach.

However, SAU rallied back with four runs of their own in the bottom half to trim their deficit to four at 8-4. But Point would keep tacking on the runs the rest of the game until freshman LF Mark Perkins (FR/Concord, NC) added a solo home run in the ninth to make it 12-5.

Current AAC Pitcher of the Week Landon Kincaid (JR/Morganton, NC) (4-6) tossed five quality innings before the troubling sixth as he lasted 5.1 innings allowing 8 hits and 6 runs on 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Reliever Holden Drake (SO/Burlington, NC) came on to finish the inning and gave up 4 runs before junior reliever Zach Saylor (JR/Jamestown, NC) lasted two innings allowing just one run with 2 Ks. Senior pitcher Mark McEntee (SR/El Segundo, CA) also tossed a scoreless frame for the Knights.

Offensively SAU was led by Perkins and fellow outfielder Ryne Dickens (JR/Reidsville, NC) who recorded multi-hit games, while senior outfielder Terrence Jackson (SR/Creswell, NC) drove in two runs with his 6th inning double. Senior catcher Matt Polak (SR/Smithfield, VA) also hit a double on the day while senior 1B Trey Byrd (SR/Sophia, NC) drove in a run as well.

St. Andrews finishes their season at 23-31 overall and 8-19 in the conference and will unfortunately not have enough conference wins to qualify for next week's conference tournament. They currently sit in a tie for 8th place in the AAC with Bluefield, but the Rams own the tiebreaker as they took 2 out of 3 against SAU earlier this season.

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