Bell Shuts Out IUS in Game 1; Eagles Fall in Game 2
WILMORE, Ky. – It was a tale of two very different games for Asbury baseball on Friday, taking game one behind a complete game shutout by Isaiah Bell, 3-0, then falling 20-4 in game two against Indiana Southeast in KIAC action. Asbury walked 11 and hit six batters in game two.
Bell (1-7) picked up his first win of the season and recorded the first complete game shutout of the season by an Asbury pitcher. It was his second complete game of the season. Bell allowed only four hits over seven innings and struck out five while walking two. He only allowed two runners to reach second base and it wasn’t until the seventh when IUS finally got a runner to third. Bell retired seven straight from the fourth inning into the sixth and recording his lone 1-2-3 inning in the fifth.
Asbury (10-23, 3-3 KIAC) got on the board early by taking advantage of bad defense by the Grenadiers. Casey Messner walked to lead off the first and moved to second as Jared Hahn reached on a fielder’s choice as he was attempting to sacrifice. After a fly out, Skaggs reached on an error by third baseman Carter Sibley allowing Messner to scamper home. Simeon Bell followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Hahn. Asbury scored both runs without recording a hit and didn’t get a hit until the fifth when Messner singled up the middle with two outs.
The Eagles added their third run in the sixth as back-to-back singles by Dallas Murphy and Landon Skaggs coupled with an error in left field allowed Murphy to score. IUS (11-13, 3-2 KIAC) starter Lucas Harry struck out five over six innings and allowed just three hits despite taking the loss.
Game two started off the same as game one as the Eagles scored two in the first and two in the second but the bullpen blew up in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing 18 of the 20 runs including 13 in the seventh inning. Asbury needed three pitchers in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Zach Settle started and pitched well enough to win, leaving with a 4-2 lead after pitching into the fifth. His final line was 4.0 innings pitched, three hits, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
The Grenadiers picked up 11 of their 14 hits in the sixth and seventh innings. Asbury finished with nine hits including two-hit games by four players. Casey Messner picked up a pair of hits, including a double in the first and scored twice. Jared Hahn also collected two hits and two runs. Dallas Murphy tripled in two runs in the second and finished with two hits along with the two RBI. Simeon Bell also had two hits. Asbury had only two hits after the second inning.
Asbury and IUS will close out their four game set on Saturday beginning at 1 pm.