AU Baseball Falls in 13 to Campbellsville
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Asbury baseball fell in 13 innings on Wednesday night against Campbellsville, 7-6 in a scheduled nine-inning game. The Eagles blew a 4-1 lead before coming back from 6-4 in the eighth.
Asbury (19-35) held a 3-1 lead after three innings and pushed it to 4-1 after notching an additional run in the fourth. Casey Messner knocked in a run in the third before the Eagles added a run off a wild pitch and a passed ball. In the fourth Simeon Bell hit a one-out triple and scored on Tyler Messner’s groundout.
Campbellsville managed just three hits and one run off of Josh Bertke through five innings before back-to-back hits to lead off the sixth knocked Bertke out of the game. Bertke was making his first start of the year. He finished with a line of 5+ innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.
The Tigers scored two more in the sixth innings as two runs were charged to Brandon Ray. Ian Serrer was called upone to get the Eagles out of the inning. Serrer pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen.
The Eagles tied the game with a pair of runs in the eighth. Simeon Bell picked up an RBI single in the inning and Jordan Cox added a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6-6.
Micah Pace worked three scoreless innings for the Eagles before giving way to Joey Johnson in the 12th. Johnson wiggled out of a jam in the 12th after walking one and hitting another. In the 13th, after hitting the leadoff batter, Johnson got the first out with a fielder’s choice and then a caught stealing erased the runner to put the Eagles one out away from the 14th inning, but three straight hits ended the game.
Johnson takes the loss and drops to 1-1 after 1.2 innings of work. Drew Pettit pitched a perfect 13th to pick up the win and move to 4-3. The Eagles used five pitchers in the game while the Tigers needed six. Simeon Bell collected three of the Eagles’ eight hits in the game. Campbellsville had 13 hits overall.
Asbury is scheduled to wrap up the regular season on Friday with a single game against Kentucky State at home at 3 pm. Senior Day activities are set to follow the game. If the game is rained out it will not be made up and senior day activities will happen at a special brunch on Saturday.
The Eagles will head to the KIAC Tournament next week at Indiana Southeast. Asbury is the 4th seed in the six-team tournament and will face 5th seed Berea on Wednesday at 5 pm. The winner will play top seed Point Park on Thursday at 10 am while the loser will play on Thursday at 7 pm against a to be determined loser.