Eagles Left Stranded
Wilmore, Ky. – A split is all the Asbury baseball team could take out of Friday’s doubleheader against Berea, taking game one 9-6 and dropping the second game 9-1. The Eagles left 17 men on base on the day.
Asbury (17-21, 9-5 KIAC) pounded out 14 hits in game one and came back from early 3-0 and 6-5 deficits. Drew Freeman led the way with three hits and four RBIs. Mark Deetsch drove home two with a double and Jordan Barker, Casey Messner, Danny Olszowy, and Matt Ciolek each collected two hits in the game.
The Eagles took a 5-3 lead with a five-run second and took the lead for good in the fifth with a three spot. Josh Thigpen pitched five innings of six hit, six run baseball in improving his record to 4-3. He struck out four and walked four. Brad Williams pitched two perfect innings to pick up his second save.
Berea (10-21, 6-8 KIAC) capitalized on their opportunities in game two as they scored nine runs off of 10 hits. The Mountaineers scored 15 runs on 16 hits on the day. The Eagles’ offense went silent as they collected only seven hits, and wasted chances by stranding nine runners on base.
Drew Freeman collected another pair of hits as he raised his average to .486 on the season. Gardner Adams was pulled in the fifth with tightness in his arm and gave up four runs on four hits and still managed to strike out 10. Adams took the loss and dropped to 3-2 on the season.
Asbury and Berea will hook back up on Saturday at 12:00 pm to finish their season series.