Bell's Two-Hitter Not Enough as Bethel Sweeps Asbury
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Isaiah Bell threw a two-hitter in game one but the Eagles caught the short end of the stick in a 3-4 loss to Bethel (Tenn.) on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats took game two 7-1.
Asbury has had a rough start to the 2013 season, now 0-6 with two more games at Bethel scheduled for Saturday. The Eagles started 2012 0-17 before making the school’s first trip to the NAIA Opening Round.
Bell ran into trouble in the second which led to all four runs for the Wildcats (4-1). A one-out error let Brian Ferrell on base and after a stolen base and a wild pitch he scored on a single by Celtic Rush. After a groundout, Bell hit a batter, walked two and gave up a two-run double to Tyler Roberson to give Bethel a 4-0 lead. Bell allowed only one runner outside of the second inning, a hit batter in the third.
The Eagles responded in the sixth with a three-run spot. Matt Cox led off the frame with a single and after Casey Messner was hit by a pitch Simeon Bell reached on an error. That error allowed Cox to score. Jordan Cox singled in Messner two batters later and Bell scored later on a throwing error by the pitcher. The Eagles left the tying run on third to end the inning.
Bell, 0-2, pitched six innings and struck out six. He allowed only two hits and four runs, all unearned. Brandon Smith had two hits in the game.
In game two the Eagles only mustered two hits but couldn’t come up with the win like Bethel did in game one. The Wildcats scored three runs in third and fourth innings. Logan Howard, 0-2, took the loss after 2.1 innings of work, allowing three runs and six hits. Matt Cox had a hit in each game for the Eagles.