Halvaksz's Heroics Lift Asbury to Split with Cumberlands
Wilmore, KY---Slade Halvaksz came up with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning of game two to give Asbury a split with the University of the Cumberlands Thursday afternoon. Asbury won game two 6-5 after dropping a pitching duel in game one 1-0 in eight innings.
Asbury (10-9) could not capitalize on a fantastic pitching performance by Greg Bowling in game one. The sophomore pitched seven scoreless innings before allowing one run in the top of the eighth inning. Bowling (1-1) allowed only two hits on the day, walking four and striking out six. Asbury struggled from the plate as well with only three hits in the game.
Cumberlands would jump out to an early lead scoring a run in each of the first three innings. Asbury would tie it briefly in the second with two runs. The Eagles took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Slade Halvaksz's two out two run single.
Cumberlands re-took the lead in the top of the seventh off of reliever Josh Cummins, but Halvaksz would save his best for last. The senior once again came to bat with two out and his team down by one, this time with the bases loaded. Halvaksz would get an inside pitch and pull it over the third basemen's head down the left field line, scoring James Barber and Mark Deetsch to win the game. Halvaksz finished with three hits and four RBI in the game. Jon Wes Adams added a double and 2 RBI for the game.
Travis McConathy picked up his first win of the season after coming in the seventh inning and getting the final three outs. Gardner Adams got his first start since the first game of the season on February 7th and pitched five solid innings. Adams allowed five hits, four runs (only two earned) while walking four and striking out four.
Asbury will travel to Batavia, Ohio to take on Cincinnati-Clermont Friday for a double-header starting at 2pm. Those same two teams will hook up back in Wilmore on Saturday for another double-header starting at 1pm.