LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University baseball team dropped their final AAC series against No. 2 Point University (Ga.) on Friday. Point swept the doubleheader on Thursday 8-6 in game one and 9-1 in game two before taking game three on Friday 12-5 to eliminate the Knights from the postseason.
Game 1: Point 8, SAU 6
Game one was the most competitive with the two foes trading runs over the first three innings. The Knights scored two in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. St. Andrews scored two runs on wild pitches and began the fourth with two beautiful bunt base hits by outfielders Lee Poteat and Terrence Jackson before Poteat came around to score the third run on a wild pitch and error by Point. Jackson then scored on an RBI single from Matt Polak.
Point took control of the game in the fifth inning taking advantage of fielding errors by the Knights. St. Andrews had two wild pitches, hit a batter and a balk was called on Knights starter Trevor Maly. A triple from Point made it 8-4 after five innings. St. Andrews loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs, but couldn’t push any runs across the plate. The Knights tacked on two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings on an RBI double from Trey Byrd and a fielder’s choice from Ryne Dickens.
Maly threw four and 1/3 innings allowing right runs off eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Relievers Zach Saylor and Davis O’Brien finished the game with two scoreless innings.
Game 2: Point 9, SAU 1
Point rolled past the Knights 9-1 in game two as they consistently scored two runs in the third through the sixth innings off St. Andrews starter Zach Mathes (3-1). Mathes lasted five innings allowing nine runs off nine hits with seven walks and four strikeouts he struggled with his control. O’Brien threw two scoreless innings to end the game.
Offensively, St. Andrews was led by Byrd’s two hits while he and senior Justin Williams recorded extra-base hits including an RBI double by Williams in the first inning.
Game 3: Point 12, SAU 5
The Knights dropped game three of their series 12-5 as they left 10 men on base, including the bases loaded twice through the first four innings. Point got out to a 2-0 lead on a home run before scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
St. Andrews rallied back with four runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning to trim the deficit to 8-4, but Point kept tacking on runs. Knights freshman Mark Perkins added a solo home run — his fourth of the season — in the ninth to make it 12-5.
Current AAC Pitcher of the Week Landon Kincaid (4-6) tossed five innings allowing six runs off eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Holden Drake finished the sixth inning giving up four additional runs before junior Zach Saylor tossed two innings allowing one run with two strikeouts.
Offensively the Knights were led by Perkins and fellow outfielder Ryne Dickens who recorded multi-hit games, while senior outfielder Terrence Jackson drove in two runs with his sixth-inning double.
The Knights end the year with six players hitting at least .300 or better led by Poteat’s .396 average and seven triples. Jackson led the team in home runs with seven and 49 RBIs.
St. Andrews finishes their season at 23-31 overall (15-14 at home) and 8-19 in the conference and does not have enough conference wins to qualify for next week’s conference tournament. The Knights finished in a tie for eighth place in the AAC with Bluefield.