Doubleheader Day One sees an Asbury-Berea split
Wilmore, KY - Freshman Cody Christopher gave up one run on three hits in the first inning and only two hits afterward, settling down to retire 11 of the next 13 batters in pitching a complete game win over Berea College, 11-1 in five innings in the opening game on Friday afternoon.
Junior Slade Halvaksz and freshman Greg Bowling each hit two-run homeruns early in the game but it was the five-run fourth inning that would blow the game wide open as Asbury sent nine batters to the plate and collected five singles combined with errors by the Berea defense to take a commanding 9-1 lead.
Asbury would finish the deal in the fifth inning getting two runs across to invoke the 10-run rule, ending the game in just under an hour and 25 minutes.
Game Two however would see Berea jump out to a lead and Asbury unable to play catch-up. Berea scored a quick run in the second but broke through in the third with four runs set up by an error at shortstop and back-to-back infield hits. Eagles starter Jon Wes Adams would induce a sac fly before a three-run home run by starting pitcher Dewey Williams gave Berea a 5-0 lead.
The Eagles tried to claw back by getting a Greg Bowling sac fly of their own in the fourth and a three-run home run by junior Luke Temple in the fifth after Berea had added another run. With the score standing at 6-4 headed into the fifth the two teams would each get two runs leaving an 8-6 score after five. The Eagles, however would never threaten afterwards dropping to 14-18 overall, 3-6 in the KIAC.
The two teams meet tomorrow at 12:00 noon in a doubleheader to complete the season series.