Asbury Sweeps St. Catharine
Wilmore, Ky. – Asbury swept a pair of games from St. Catharine on Tuesday night, using offensive force in game one and using Kelsey Robinson’s stellar pitching performance in game two. The Eagles won a wild first game 11-7, and took the second game 2-1.
Asbury (13-3) had to play from behind early in game one as the Patriots scored two in the top of the first. Emily Ethington brought home a run in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. The score was 4-1 in the bottom of the third before Asbury took the lead with a four run inning. Mirranda Drury belted a two-run home run, her third of the season. Maris Harreld would bring in Stephanie Wade with a single before scoring on an error later in the inning.
The Patriots would re-take the lead in the top of the sixth, but it wouldn’t last for long as the Eagles piled on six more runs in the bottom of the inning. Drury again came up with the big hit, doubling home two and finishing the game with four RBIs. The Eagles would add runs on a double by Ethington, a bases loaded walk, a suicide squeeze, and a fielder’s choice to take an 11-6 lead.
Maris Harreld would pitch a complete game to improve to 6-1 on the season. Harreld helped herself at the plate going 3-3 with two RBIs and one run scored. Mary Ann Warford was 4-5 on the day with two runs scored. Asbury collected 15 hits and scored 11 runs, their most since March 13th against Ohio Christian.
Kelsey Robinson gave up only five hits in game two but was on the hook for a loss until the bats came alive late for the Eagles. The Patriots took a 1-0 lead after loading the bases and picking up a two-out hit in the second inning. Robinson would only allow one more hit the rest of the game.
The Eagles struggled to bring runners in throughout the game as they left nine on base. They finally broke through in the sixth as Maris Harreld doubled with one out and was subsequently pinch-ran for. Rebecca Baker provided the big hit with a two-out double bringing in Amber Taylor to tie the game 1-1. In the seventh Mirranda Drury doubled with one out before Emily Ethington brought her home with a single to end the game. Drury, Harreld, and Baker each had two hits in the game.
Asbury will host Indiana Southeast on Thursday at 5:00 pm for a doubleheader. Asbury currently leads the KIAC with a 6-0 mark in conference games, IUS sits right behind them at 4-0. Asbury beat IUS for the KIAC Tournament Championship last year.