Offense Sparks Asbury Baseball Past Alice Lloyd
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury scored a season-high 17 runs en route to a doubleheader sweep of Alice Lloyd on Friday, 7-1 and then 17-6 in KIAC action. The Eagles platted 11 runs alone in the 4th inning of game two, which would have been a season-high for a game.
Asbury pulls even in conference play at 5-5 and is now 12-27 overall. Alice Lloyd drops to 4-6 in the KIAC and 9-16 overall.
The Eagles pounded out a season-high 21 hits in game two, capped by Casey Messner’s four. The senior missed the cycle by a home run and drove in three and scored four times. His four hits are the most by an Eagle this season. Overall seven players had multi-hit efforts in game two including four that had three hits each. Jared Hahn and Tyler Messner each had three hits and drove in three. Hahn also scored three times as did Andrew Moran. Moran also had three hits as did Brandon Smith.
Asbury had nine hits and scored 11 times in the fourth inning of game two. Casey Messner tripled in two and his brother Tyler knocked in two with a double and also singled in a run. Dallas Murphy drove in two but was called out after missing first base.
All this offense backed starter Zach Settle who turned in his second complete game of the season to improve to 2-2 on the season. The freshman struck out a career-high nine, allowing six hits and walking two. He gave up four of six runs in the third that tied the game at 4-4. In a rare feat he struck out four in the fourth inning as Jake Bales reached base on a wild pitch. That was part of a stretch where Settle retired 10 in a row.
In game one the Eagles used a big inning to pull out the victory, scoring six runs in the sixth for the 7-1 win. Jordan Cox delivered the go-ahead run, singling in Mitch Watson (who was running for Landon Skaggs who doubled to start the inning). Casey Messner added a run-scoring hit as Jared Hahn followed with a two RBI single. Hahn had two of the Eagles’ seven hits in the game.
Isaiah Bell tossed his third complete game and second straight with a career-high nine strikeouts. The senior improves to 2-7 and has won two straight after dropping his first seven starts. Bell allowed only one run and five hits on the day.
Asbury and Alice Lloyd will finish out the four game series on Saturday with a doubleheader slated for 12 pm.