Baseball Falls Twice at Kentucky State
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Asbury baseball dropped a pair of games to Kentucky State on Monday afternoon, falling 9-1 and 6-3 in doubleheader action. The Eagles fall to 4-17 overall while KSU improves to 3-7. The Eagles have lost three straight after a three-game winning streak.
The Eagles could muster just two hits off of Larry Joe Dotson Jr. (2-1) in game one but the Eagles were tied at 1-1 after the third. The Thorobreds scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Asbury responded with the tying run in the top of the third as Dallas Murphy worked a bases-loaded walk. Brandon Smith led off the inning with a single and scored the lone run. Dotson retired the next 13 in a row to finish the game.
Kentucky State added the go-ahead run in the fourth and then erupted for five in the fifth and added two more in the sixth. Isaiah Bell took the loss (0-5) despite four solid innings, allowing just two runs and four hits. Bell struck out six and walked two. Jordan Cox picked up the other hit for the Eagles, a single in the second.
In the second game the Eagles took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the fourth behind starter Logan Howard (1-5). Howard pitched a complete game, his first of the year, despite the loss. Howard struck out six and allowed seven hits in his six innings. Matt Mitchell and Brandon Ray each singled in a run in the inning. Mitchell finished with two hits, his third multi-hit game of the season. Ray’s was his first hit of the season as he started for the first time in the field at first base.
The Thorobreds again used a big inning to take control of the game, scoring four in bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. The Eagles responded with a run in the sixth as Mitchell scored after an error by the shortstop. Kentucky State added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning and Asbury went down in order in the seventh to finish the game.
The Eagles are scheduled to host Dakota State on Thursday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.