Eagles Finish Invitational 2-2 with split on Saturday
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A similar scene unfolded on Saturday at the Tennessee Valley Invitational, Asbury’s bats were cold in the morning game before coming to life under the lights. The Eagles dropped their first games to Indiana Wesleyan 8-0 before bouncing back with a 9-3 victory over Tennessee Temple.
Against IWU Asbury (3-2-1) managed only three hits, they collected only one in their first game on Friday. The Eagles’ defense let them down against the Wildcats as well by committing four errors in the game that led to seven of their eight runs. Greg Bowling started on the mound and went 3.2 innings allowing seven hits, two walks, and six unearned runs.
IWU’s big inning came in the fourth when they scored five runs. The inning started with an error followed by two outs. Just as the Eagles were ready to escape without any damage the Wildcats put together four hits to knock out Bowling.
In the night cap against Tennessee Temple the Eagles came out quickly, scoring a run in the top of the first as Colby Flowers led off with a bunt single. Flowers was 3-for-5 in the game and had 2 RBIs. Once the Eagles got on base, they had 10 hits in the game, they were able to run, stealing 10 bases and only getting thrown out once.
Matt Ciolek also collected a pair of hits and two RBIs. Jon Wes Adams got the start on the mound and went five innings striking out five and allowing only four hits and two runs, one earned. He picked up his first win of the season.
The Eagles are set to open their home schedule on Tuesday against St. Catharine at 1:00 pm.