Eagles Suffer Fifth Straight Loss
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury softball was unable to hold on to a 3-0 lead in game one and were swept by Indiana Wesleyan 5-3 and 1-0 in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Asbury scored all three runs in the first inning of game one and didn’t score after that.
Miranda Drury hit a three-run home run in her first at-bat of the season in game one. Mary Ann Warford led off the inning with a single and Rebecca Baker reached on an error. Drury, who missed the first 10 games of the season due to suspension, blasted a 1-2 pitch to left-center to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Indiana Wesleyan (14-4) chipped away, scoring a run in each of the third and fourth innings. The Wildcats collected at least one hit in every inning except the first, but Kelsey Robinson managed to wiggle out of trouble until the sixth.
In the sixth the Wildcats collected three hits, all run scoring hits that gave Indiana Wesleyan a 5-3 lead. The Eagles would strike out four times in the final two innings and did not put a runner on base. Indiana Wesleyan collected 12 hits in the game, Asbury had only four and only one after the second inning.
In game two Maris Harreld got her first start in the circle for the Eagles, tossing a complete game with four hits and one run. The Eagles collected seven hits in the game but it was the one they didn’t get that ended up hurting them.
In the fifth, right after Indiana Wesleyan scored in the top of the inning, the Eagles had runners at second and third with only one out. Kelsey Robinson hit a soft liner down the left field line that looked like it was going to drop for a game-leading hit, but Gabby McIntire made a great catch and doubled off the lead runner to end the threat.
Asbury put two runners on with two outs in the sixth and one on in the seventh, but could not push them around for the tying run. Abbie Forman got the win in both games for the Wildcats, pitching all 14 innings and striking out nine in each game.
The Eagles are scheduled to play #14 Lindsey Wilson at home on Wednesday in a doubleheader at 5 p.m.