Eagles Power Past Kentucky State
Wilmore, Ky. - The offense powered game one and pitching lead the way in game two as the Eagles finally opened at home in a 12-2, 6-0 sweep of Kentucky State on Wednesday afternoon at Cecil C. Zweifel Field.
Asbury (4-5) pounded out 15 hits in the first game, as the top three hitters produced three hits each. Casey Messner, who finished the day 6-7, led off the first with a single and a stolen base. Danny Olszowy tripled and scored Messner before Greg Bowling hit his first home run of the year to right. Asbury would add another before the inning would end.
The Eagles would score two more in the second and then add four more in the third, as Messner belted a line shot over the right field fence for a three-run homer. Asbury would add one more run in the fourth and the sixth. Josh Cummins got the start on the mound, winning his first of the season in a strong five inning, six hit, two run performance.
Gardner Adams started game two and never gave the Thorobreds a chance. Adams threw a complete game, two-hit shutout. He struck out 12 and only saw one batter reach second who would then be picked off. Adams has now struck out 21 batters in 14 innings on the season and picked up his first win on the season.
The offense wasn't as potent in the second game but Messner continued his hot start, picking up three more hits including two doubles. On the season Messner has 12 hits in 25 at-bats, good for a .480 batting average. He has four extra base hits. Evan Thomsen and Mark Deetsch each picked up a double and Olszowy drove in two as the Eagles score three runs in the first two innings and never looked back.
Asbury will travel down to Williamsburg, Kentucky on Saturday to play two against University of the Cumberlands starting at 1:00 pm. Asbury returns home for a double-header on Tuesday March 9th at 1:00 pm against Pikeville.