Eagles Drop Two to IUS
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury baseball dropped two to Indiana Southeast on Saturday, 4-3 and 7-1. The Grenadiers take the season series 3-1, winning the final three after the Eagles took game one on Friday.
Justin Hurst provided the game-winning hit in game one for the Grenadiers, knocking in A.J. Doyle with two out in the seventh. Asbury went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to end the game. Evan Bickett (2-1) picked up the win with 2.1 innings of relief for the Grenadiers as Josh Bertke (0-1) took the loss. Bertke pitched two innings of relief and struck out two. He gave up just the final run. Logan Howard started on the hill and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned and just three hits. Howard walked seven.
The Eagles (10-25, 3-5 KIAC) scored first, getting a run in the second as Casey Messner drew a bases loaded walk. Asbury didn’t get a hit in the inning but again were able to push across a run. IUS (13-13, 5-2 KIAC) answered with a pair of runs in the third, drawing three walks in the inning. The Grenadiers scored again in the fifth but the Eagles tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Jordan Cox and Tyler Messner each collected a RBI base hit in the inning. Cox finished with two of the team’s four hits.
Asbury struggled at the plate again in game two, collecting just four hits as IUS didn’t allow a run until the final inning. Chad Warner made his first start of the season for the Eagles and allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings of work. The bullpen allowed just one run after giving up 18 in game two on Friday.
The Eagles finally got on the board in the seventh inning as Tyler Messner came around to score on Matt Mitchell’s single. Andrew Moran also singled in the inning, accounting for half of the team’s hits in the game. Jordan Cox doubled in the fourth and Jared Hahn singled in the first for the Eagles.
Asbury drops to third in the KIAC after this weekend’s action at 3-5. IUS moves to first place at 5-2 while Brescia (5-3) sits in second and Point Park and Alice Lloyd (4-4) are tied for third. Berea is sixth at 2-5.
The Eagles will host Alice Lloyd next Friday and Saturday in a four game set. They are scheduled to travel to St. Catharine on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.