Baseball Avoids Elimination with 19-1 Win
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Asbury baseball avoided elimination in the KIAC Tournament with a 19-1 victory over Alice Lloyd on Thursday night. The Eagles will play Brescia on Friday at 3pm in another elimination game. Asbury dropped their first game 14-7 to Berea on Wednesday night.
The Eagles (20-36) scored nine times in the 6th to break open a 13-1 lead and added four more in the 7th. Asbury collected 11 hits in the sixth inning and had 28 in the game. Every starter had a hit in the game and four Eagles had four hits. Asbury entered the game with only two four-hit games on the season.
Jared Hahn drove in six and had four hits on the day, knocking in three in the sixth inning alone. Casey Messner added four hits and drove in three. He also scored three times. Brandon Smith scored four times and also had four hits. Tyler Messer added four hits as well including a two-run double in the sixth. Hahn, Smith and Casey Messner each had two hits in the sixth inning.
Zach Settle (4-3) picked up the win, his second against Alice Lloyd after seven strong innings of work. The freshman gave up only five hits and one run while striking out six. He walked one. Settle tied a career high with seven innings pitched, the third time he’s done that this year.
Alice Lloyd is eliminated from the tournament with the loss. ALC defeated Brescia on Wednesday night before losing to Indiana Southeast 21-1 earlier on Thursday. Asbury’s Friday opponent Brescia avoided elimination by walking-off with a 4-3 win over Berea on Thursday. Point Park also won on the day, 22-4 over Berea, and will face Indiana Southeast at 12pm on Thursday. The winner advances to the KIAC Championship game while the loser will play an elimination game against the Asbury-Brescia winner at 6pm on Friday.