Baseball Drops Two More to Southern Poly
MARIETTA, Ga. – Asbury baseball suffered two more losses at the hands of Southern Poly State on Saturday, 4-0 and 13-9. The Eagles had only two hits in the first game and allowed five unearned runs in the second.
The Eagles (0-4) were only able to pick up two hits in game one as SPSU’s Darin Wiltgen struck out five over seven innings for the complete game shutout. Casey Messner and Simeon Bell picked up the only two hits. Bell had a one-out single in the second and Messner clubbed a two-out double in the third. Anthony Palmer got the start on the mound and was the tough-luck loser after four innings of seven-hit, one-run baseball.
In game two the Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Messner led off the inning with a single and two batters later Landon Skaggs singled. Pinch runner Logan Crum stole second and followed Messner home after a passed ball and subsequent throwing error by the catcher. Messner finished the game with three hits and a team leading 6-for-13 weekend. Skaggs also had three hits in the game.
Defense let down the Eagles in game two, committing two errors in the second that helped lead to a seven-run inning for the Hornets. Southern Poly added two more in the third to go up 9-2, but Asbury battled back.
The Eagles trailed 11-3 entering the fifth when Skaggs led off the inning with a single to center. Asbury was the beneficiary of two errors by the Hornets but were able to score six in the frame. Simeon Bell, Andrew Moran added RBI singles and two more scored on an error off the bat of Brandon Smith. Messner added an RBI groundout. The Hornets added two more to pull away in the bottom of the fifth.
Asbury will travel to Tennessee to battle Bethel in a four-game set next Friday, February 8.