Eagles Split With Grenadiers
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Six unanswered runs gave the Eagles their second win over Indiana Southeast on the season in game one on Wednesday night 8-6 in eight innings. The Grenadiers rebounded to win game two 14-6 in five shortened innings due to lightning.
Asbury (2-20, 2-2 KIAC) fell behind 6-2 after the fourth inning but three runs on four hits in the fifth brought the Eagles within one. Tyler Weaver, Danny Olszowy and Tyler Wooden all picked up RBIs in the innings. In the fifth, Casey Messner knocked home his brother Tyler to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Isaiah Bell scored the winning run in the eighth inning after Josh Cummins laid down a sacrifice bunt but an error allowed Bell to score. Matt Cox followed with a run-scoring single to give the Eagles a two-run cushion. Anthony Palmer came in pick up his second save of the season in the bottom of the inning, escaping a bases loaded two-out jam. Chad Warner picked up his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless seventh.
In game two the Eagles fell behind 8-1 after the second. Asbury committed two errors in the inning that allowed seven unearned runs to cross the plate. The Eagles actually struck out four batters in the inning, after one batter reached on an error after a dropped third strike.
Asbury would charge back with four runs in the third to pull within two at 8-6 as Tyler Wooden and Simeon Bell each picked up an RBI. Matt Cox also delivered a two-run double in the frame. But the Grenadiers answered right back with six more runs in the third to push the lead out to eight.
The Eagles and Grenadiers have split the first four meetings of the season with two more scheduled. The teams will play each other once in each of the conference round robin events. The first one gets underway today at Indiana Southeast, the Eagles and Grenadiers play Friday, and the second will be held in April at Alice Lloyd. Asbury will play Berea College today in their first game of the round robin.