Baseball Pounds Kentucky State behind Cox's Homer
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jordan Cox hit a walk-off home run as the Eagles defeated Kentucky State 13-2 in a mercy rule shortened game held at Whitaker Bank Park , home of the minor league Lexington Legends. Asbury leads the season series over KSU 3-2 with a final game scheduled for later in the year.
Cox’s three-run shot was the first in his career and only the second for the Eagles this season. Asbury (14-28) was quiet after scoring 10 runs in the first three innings before Cox hit the home run, collecting just one hit total in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Eagles finished with nine hits on the day as Cox had two of them, he also tripled in the third and reached base four times. Cox drove in five runs on the day.
Landon Skaggs continued his hot hitting, picking up two more hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games. During the stretch Skaggs has raised his batting average 45 points. His two-hit performance on Monday gives him three multi-hit games in his last four and seven for the season. Andrew Moran also picked up a pair of hits and knocked in two. Dallas Murphy and Andrew Cook each drove in two runs without a hit.
Asbury scored four times in the first and third innings and also platted a pair in the second. The Eagles took advantage of seven walks handed out by KSU pitchers as six of those walks ended up scoring. Kentucky State also hit four batters.
Anthony Palmer (3-3) picked up his team-leading third win of the season with a six inning performance. It was his first start since March 16 and his first appearance since March 23. The senior allowed just three hits and struck out five but walked six. Both runs were charged to him in the fifth as KSU collected two hits in the inning.
Asbury will host Cumberlands (Ky.) on Tuesday for a doubleheader set to begin at 2 pm.