Point baseball off to 2-0 conference start

Published 11:02 pm Friday, March 1, 2019

WEST POINT — The Point baseball team is off to a 2-0 start in conference play after sweeping Friday’s doubleheader against Union.

“It feels great,” Point head baseball coach John Tyler said. “It was great to open up the first conference weekend with two wins.”

In the first game, Point carried a 2-0 lead into the second inning before Union had a scoring outburst with seven runs at the top of the second inning. The Skyhawks responded by closing the game with 10 unanswered runs.

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“Our guys had the composure, drive and belief that we were going to be able to come back in a long nine-inning game,” Tyler said. “We had a great six innings from [sophomore right-hander] Brett Griffin, and then our closer [senior right-hander] Billy Brand threw two great games. Offensively, we were rolling, it was nice.”

In the second game, both Point and Union faced many tough and lengthy at-bats with the game tied at 5. Union’s shortstop made a notable over the shoulder leaping grab while drifting into left-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Junior catcher David Torres hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“As a coach, you always have confidence that these guys are going to pull through,” Tyler said. “We have a lot of upperclassmen that want it, and you never feel out of the game with this team. We had a bad sixth inning, but we were able to pick it up and become victorious through it all.”

Although he’s excited about the win, the comeback conditions weren’t necessarily ideal for the third-year head coach.

“You always don’t want that to happen,” Tyler said about the comebacks, after letting out a brief laugh. “I even told them after [game two] that game goes into that situation because we can’t handle the baseball. It’s a wet day, it’s been raining non-stop. We were lucky to get two games today with the weather that we woke up with. The ball was a little slippery, but we were able to get it done.”

The Skyhawks wrap up the series against Union on Saturday at 12 p.m. EST.