Eagles Split on Senior Day
Asbury would later have to forfeit game one of the doubleheader after the use of ineligible players.
WILMORE, Ky. – On the first senior day since 2002, the Eagles split with KIAC-rival Brescia, taking the first game 1-0 before losing in eight innings 9-8 in game two. Before the game Asbury celebrated the six remaining girls that formed the first class of softball players in 2009 after the sport was dropped following the 2002 season.
In game one Kelsey Robinson twirled one of the best games of the year, shutting out the Lady Bearcats on six hits. Robinson improved to 10-12 on the season and struck out three. The Eagles scored the lone run of the game in the fourth inning.
Emily Ethington led off the inning reaching on a throwing error by third basemen Lauren Logsdon and then advancing to second as the throw went down the first base line. Julie Jarboe came in to pinch-run for Ethington and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Amber Taylor. Maris Harreld delivered the big blow, knocking in Jarboe on a single to left.
Brescia got out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning as an error led to all three runs. The Lady Bearcats pushed their lead to 5-1 after the third. Asbury started to respond in the fourth, scoring a single run on three straight hits as Ethington scored Harreld with a single up the middle. The Eagles added a run in the sixth to close the gap to 5-3.
Brescia added two in the seventh to seemingly put the game out of reach at 7-3 but the Eagles responded once again with four in the bottom half on seven hits. Asbury left the bases loaded and left 11 on base in the game. In extra innings Brescia twice, the second run on a solo home run that proved to be the difference.
Asbury (21-26, 14-6 KIAC) can still secure the second seed in the upcoming KIAC Tournament next weekend in Frankfort if Brescia (25-17, 14-4 KIAC) loses both games to Indiana Southeast on Sunday. Asbury holds the tie-breaker over Brescia after winning three of four during the regular season. The second seed will get a bye and play the winner of the three seed and six seed (Alice Lloyd) winner.