Errors prove costly in Asbury's 8-4 loss to Centre
Wilmore, Ky. - Asbury and Centre each gave up four earned runs in Wednesday's ballgame but it would be the four unearned runs allowed by five total Asbury errors that would prove the difference in an 8-4 loss.
Asbury grabbed an early 3-0 lead after a Mark Deetsch double scored both Greg Bowling and Evan Thomsen in the third inning. After a quiet fourth inning, the top of the fifth would see the beginning of the second chances for Centre as back-to-back errors would allow for three runs with two outs, tying the game.
The Eagles would respond in the bottom half of the fifth with a bases loaded walk by Deetsch bringing in Terrence Shelburne. Asbury would put in mass substitutions entering the seventh inning only to see Centre rally for three runs without a hit as Eagle relievers would walk the bases full and give up a hit by pitch, wild pitch, and sacrifice fly for the three runs.
Asbury would then do themselves no favors in the top of the eighth by committing two more errors allowing two insurance runs for Centre. The Eagles would get a last chance with bases loaded in the ninth but pinch-hitter Blake Engelhardt would fly out to center field to end the game.
The loss drops Asbury to 15-20 on the season heading into a four-game, two-day series against conference foe Brescia. Friday's games are set to begin at 2:00 p.m. with Senior Day ceremonies to be held in between games. Saturday's games are scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon.