Eagles' Struggles on the Road Continue
St. Catharine, Ky. – The Asbury baseball team continues to struggle away from home as they dropped a pair to St. Catharine College 12-9, and 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles are now 3-13 in road and neutral games and a perfect 8-0 at home.
Asbury (11-13) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of game one but the Patriots started in chip away. St. Catharine scored two runs in each of the second, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 6-5 lead. The Eagles would answer with two of their own in the top of the sixth but a six-run sixth for the Patriots would give them back the lead for good.
The Eagles only mustered six hits in the game but drew eight walks to continually put pressure on the Patriots. Josh Thigpen clubbed his first home run of the season and drove in three for Asbury and Greg Bowling drove in two.
Will Blackburn got the start on the mound lasting four innings and giving up five hits and four runs but left the game with the lead. The bullpen would struggle in this game, allowing eight runs in only two innings. Cody Christopher took the loss and drops his record to 1-2 on the season. Asbury pitchers only gave up three earned runs in the game because of four errors.
The bullpen again would falter in game two, giving up three runs and only getting two outs. The offense finally got going late but wasn’t able to dig out of a late hole. St. Catharine took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and kept it that way until Asbury tied it in the fifth as Danny Olszowy scored on a wild pitch.
The Patriots would explode for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-1 lead into the last inning. Asbury would piece together five hits but left the tying run on third base. The Eagles collected 10 hits in the game, only the fourth time this season they have reached double-digits in hits. Drew Freeman continued his hot streak as he went 3-4 and Casey Messner and Tyler Weaver each picked up a pair of hits.
Asbury is set to host University of Cincinnati-Clermont on Thursday for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.