06 May Osborn’s Clutch Pitching Takes Point To 5-1 Win Over #9 Bryan; Skyhawks In Saturday Pool Title Game
KINGSPORT, TN: Freshman right-hander Harrison Osborn (Cartersville, GA) pitched his second complete game of the season and improved his record to 5-2 with a seven-hitter and allowed just one unearned run in nine innings, and senior designated hitter Devario Allen (Saginaw, MI)powered his third home run of the season with one runner on base in the second inning and gave Point a 2-1 early lead that it never relinquished. Point has defeated Bryan twice in five games this season and is 4-7 against the Lions in the last two seasons.
The Point pitching staff has allowed just seven total runs, three earned, and 23 hits in 36 innings in four AAC Tournament games so far, and the opponents are batting just .194 against the Skyhawks pitchers in the tournament. Point has a tournament ERA of 0.75 entering Saturday’s championship rounds.
Meanwhile Point’s offense has scored 15 runs with 31 hits in four games, including 8 runs and 14 hits in Thursday’s win over Truett-McConnell, and is batting .244 against the opponent pitchers.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: Point advanced to the Pool A championship game against number one-seeded Bryan College (40-14) at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. If Point beats Bryan on Saturday morning, the Skyhawks meet number two-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan (35-18), the Pool B champion, Saturday, May 5, for the AAC Tournament championship at 3 p.m., and Bryan College is eliminated from the tournament. If Point loses Saturday morning, the Skyhawks’ season is over, and Bryan would advance to the championship game vs. TWU.
The AAC Tournament winner and AAC Tournament runner-up each receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament later in May.
POINT VS. BRYAN: Osborn allowed an unearned run on one hit, an intentional walk and an error in the first inning and nearly gave up a three-run home run to Bryan centerfielder Rodney Tennie, but Point’s rightfielder Carnegy Calzado (Bronx, NY) leaped high, reached over the fence and brought the ball back into the field of play for the third out.
Osborn allowed seven singles and four walks and struck out four in a nine-inning complete-game performance, his second complete game of the season. He retired Bryan in order in the seventh and ninth innings, and stranded three Bryan baserunners on second base and three more on third base in the other innings. Osborn lowered his earned-run average to 3.46 with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks in 54-2/3 innings pitched this season.
All-AAC first team third baseman David Scoggins went 2-for-4, and designated hitter Jacob Justice was 3-for-4 for the Lions, but AAC Player of the Year Fernando Garcia went 0-for-3 with a walk, and All-AAC first team first baseman Lake Burris was 0-for-4 with Bryan’s lone RBI.
Bryan coach Taylor Hasty, the AAC Coach of the Year, gave his starting nod to senior All-AAC First team right-hander Brandon Marklund, the Lions’ closer with eight saves, including one on Thursday night against Point. Marklund also had started two other games and had posted a 5-0 record prior to Friday. Marklund, now 5-1, finished with six strikeouts and allowed five runs, four earned and seven hits and three walks.
Marklund surrendered a go-ahead, two-run home run to Devario Allen, in the second inning, his third long fly and 40th and 41st RBI of the season. Point also picked up one run in the sixth inning when Marklund delivered a wild pitch with runners on second and third bases, andCarnegy Calzado doubled home the second run of the inning as Point took a 4-1 lead. Calzadopicked up his 11th double and 20th RBI of the season and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Point’s fifth run of the game occurred in the top of the ninth when Allen walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third base and raced home on a single to left field by junior leftfielder Mario Archibold (Panama City, Panama), his 30th RBI of the season.
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