Asbury Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Cumberlands
WILMORE, Ky. – A little late-inning-magic gave Asbury baseball a 6-5 win over Cumberlands in eight innings before falling 3-2 in game two. The Eagles came back from down 5-0 in game, scoring the final six runs for the win.
Jordan Cox, who ended Monday night’s game with a walk-off home run, provided the heroics again on Tuesday afternoon. The senior singled through the right side, allowing Casey Messner to score from second for the game-winning-run. Messner provided the game-tying RBI in the sixth inning, knocking in Brandon Smith. Messner finished with a pair of hits and two runs scored.
Asbury (15-29) first got on the board in the third inning, scoring four times off of Ketih Prowse. Landon Skaggs delivered the first big blow, a single to score Messner with one out. Skaggs finished the game with three hits. Tyler Messner followed with a two-run single. Dallas Murphy added a sacrifice fly to left to score Messner to cap the scoring.
Micah Pace (3-4) picked up the win in relief for the Eagles. Pace pitched the final inning and allowed two hits but was able to leave both stranded in scoring position. Joey Johnson got the start on the mound and last five innings, allowing all five runs but only three were earned. He struck out three, walked two and surrendered nine hits.
In game two the Eagles’ rally came up just a bit short. Neither team could muster a lot of offense, combining for just 10 hits in the game. The Eagles had only four, two coming off the bat of Dallas Murphy.
Murphy blasted his first career home run to lead off the sixth. That home run cut the Patriot lead to 2-1. Cumberlands scored both runs in the fourth off of Ian Serrer in his one inning of work. Cumberlands added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning off of Josh Bertke. Bertke turned in three innings out of the pen, striking out seven and giving up three hits. He walked just one.
The Eagles got a pair of gifts in the bottom of the seventh as Cumberlands committed two errors, the first allowing Brandon Smith to reach to lead off the inning and the second that allowed him to score and Jared Hahn to reach one out later. With Hahn at first the Eagles would hit two fly outs to end the game.
Asbury returns to KIAC action this weekend with four games at Berea. Friday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 5 pm with Saturday’s action starting at 1 pm