10-Run Sixth Gives Eagles Sweep of Bearcats
WILMORE, Ky. – An offensive explosion in game two gave the Eagles a sweep of KIAC rival Brescia on Friday evening. Asbury took the first game 8-6 before storming back to take game two 13-7, thanks to a 10-run sixth-inning.
Asbury (10-34, 9-7 KIAC) entered the bottom of the sixth down 7-3 after blowing a 3-2 lead. It took Brescia (17-25, 11-7 KIAC) five pitchers to finally end the onslaught as the Eagles sent 14 batters to the plate. It all started with Matt Cox reaching on a hit-by-pitch and ended seven hits and three walks later.
Danny Olszowy capped off the inning with a run-scoring triple down the left field line. The senior’s third triple of the season was his school-record-breaking 19th of his career. He also drove in a run with a single earlier in the inning. Tyler Wooden knocked in three with a bases-loaded double that tied the game a 7-7. Pinch-runner Miach Pace would score one batter later as Simeon Bell’s bunt single was picked up and thrown away, allowing Pace to scamper home from second base.
Tyler Weaver also drove in a run in inning with a double, his second hit of the inning. Brandon Smith also knocked in a run with a single. Weaver and Casey Messner each scored twice in the inning as Weaver collected three hits and three RBI in the game. Messner walked three times and was hit by a pitch and scored three runs in the game.
Five players had at least two hits in the game as Olszowy, Weaver and Wooden each had three. Smith and Bell each had two. The 13 runs are a season high for the Eagles and the 10 in the sixth would have been the fourth highest in a game this year on their own.
Brescia took a 2-1 lead after the second but Asbury took the lead with two runs in the fourth. The Bearcats answered with back-to-back homeruns to lead off the fifth to take a 4-3 lead and then added three more in the sixth.
Chad Warner picked up the win to improve to 1-1 after tossing 1 and two-thirds innings of near perfect ball. Two batters reached against the righty, both on errors as Warner struck out four. Brad Williams started and allowed seven runs on seven hits and six walks. Jackson Miles took the loss for the Bearcats to fall to 2-3 on the season.
In game one the Eagles blew a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning before two runs in the bottom half of the sixth gave Asbury the win. Tyler Weaver and Jordan Cox each hit a sacrifice fly in the inning to give the eagles the lead and then add an insurance run. Micah Pace (3-0) picked up the win in relief of Isaiah Bell. Tyler Richardson started for Brescia and took the loss after five and one-third innings of nine hits and eight runs.
Bell allowed only four hits and three runs, one scoring after he left in the fifth, and struck out five in five plus innings of work. The junior allowed a leadoff homerun in the sixth and a single up the middle before being lifted for Pace. Asbury committed three errors in the inning as Brescia scored five times to tie the game.
Danny Olszowy and Simeon Bell each had two hits in the game as Olszowy picked up a double and scored twice. Tyler Wooden was on base after all four of his plate appearances and twice Anthony Palmer (who was the courtesy runner for Wooden) scored.
Asbury has won two straight for only the second time this season and will look to make it four with a doubleheader set for Saturday at 12 p.m. with Brescia. Senior Day activities will take place between the two games.