Baseball Splits with Alice Lloyd
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury baseball bounced back to take game two on Saturday, 9-2 over Alice Lloyd after dropping game one 8-5. The Eagles are now at .500 in the KIAC at 6-6 and improve to 13-28 overall.
Chad Warner turned in a spectacular outing in his second start of the season for Asbury in game two, tossing six innings of six-hit ball. He struck out a career-high nine and walked three. Warner became the third starter to strike out nine over the weekend. Alice Lloyd scored a single run in the third and the fourth but Warner wiggled out of his biggest jam in the second. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with one out but Warner struck out the next two to leave all three runners stranded.
Asbury answered in the bottom of the third with four runs after ALC scored once in the top of the inning. Landon Skaggs and Tyler Messner hit back-to-back doubles that scored a run each. After the bases were loaded with a walk and an infield single ALC pitchers hit Andrew Moran and Andrew Cook to score two more runs. Moran was hit three times in the game and also singled in a run in the sixth.
Skaggs knocked in a run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly and Jordan Cox followed two batters later with a run-scoring double to left-center. In the fifth Casey Messner tripled in a run and later scored on an error. The Eagles scored their final run in the sixth as Brandon Ray pinch-hit with a double and scored on Moran’s single.
In game one the Eagles stayed close despite just three hits. Alice Lloyd pounded out 13 hits of their own. The Eagles scored first in the bottom of the first as Skaggs drove in Casey Messner who walked to lead off the game. Messner walked in each of his first three at-bats in the game, scoring twice. Skaggs drove in Messner in the fourth with his first career home run to left field. It is the first home run hit by an Eagle this season. Andrew Moran also had a hit in the game.
Logan Howard got the start on the mound and lasted 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. He struck out four and walked only one. Howard left with the bases loaded and a 5-3 in the fifth but Josh Bertke gave up a bloop single to center that scored two runs with two outs. Bertke retired the side in order in the sixth before giving up four hits and three runs in the seventh. Bertke falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss.
Asbury will play Kentucky State at Whitaker Bank Park, home of the Class-A minor league Lexington Legends, on Monday at 6 pm. The Eagles will then return home to host Cumberlands (Ky.) on Tuesday for a 2 pm doubleheader.