Eagles Complete Five Game Sweep of CCU
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury baseball completed a four-game series sweep and a five-game season sweep of Cincinnati Christian on Saturday with a 7-2 and 15-2 (6) victories. The Eagles allowed only two hits in each game on Saturday and only 10 in the four games over the weekend.
Pitching was the lead story again for the Eagles (16-7-2, 7-2 KIAC) as Josh Thigpen (3-1) and Jon Wes Adams (4-1) got the starts on the mound. Thigpen struck out eight in four innings in game one, allowing one hit and two runs. Both runs against Thigpen came in the first inning as an error brought in both runs. Thigpen didn’t allow a base runner after that. Cody Christopher picked his first save as he pitched the final three innings allowing only one hit and two walks; he struck out four. Adams allowed only a second inning single and two walks in his five innings in game two. He struck out six.
Asbury capitalized on eight CCU errors in the two games, with seven of their 22 runs being unearned. The Eagles collected 22 hits in the two games as well.
Aaron Rowe led all players in the first game with three hits, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Asbury stole four bases in the game and 20 in the series. Rowe finished with four hits on the day.
Matt Ciolek hit his team-leading seventh home run of the season in the second game. Ciolek finished the day with three hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. Casey Messner and Danny Olszowy each drove in three during the day as Messner snapped a 0-for-19 skid with four hits on the day. Mark Deetsch also picked up three hits on the day.
The Eagles trailed 2-1 after the first inning of game one before scoring two in the second and then adding three more in the third. In game two Asbury built a big lead early adding five in the third to push the lead to 7-0. They would go on to score two more in the fourth and finish it off with a six spot in the sixth.
Asbury will travel to University of the Cumberlands for a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2:00 pm. They return home next weekend for a four game weekend series with KIAC rival and league leading Indiana Southeast. IUS is currently a game ahead of the Eagles with an 8-1 conference mark. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm, with Saturday’s at 12:00 pm.