Softball Stumbles on the Road
DANVILLE, Ky. – Asbury softball dropped two tight contests on Wednesday evening, 5-3 and 9-6 to Centre College. The Eagles dip back below .500 with the two losses at 10-12 on the season. Centre improves to 9-12 with the wins.
A three-run sixth for the Colonels in game one proved to be the difference, the big blow coming on a two-run home run. Centre produced four of their seven hits on the night in the sixth. Maris Harrled gave up all five runs, three earned, and seven hits in the circle for the Eagles. She struck out five and walked one.
Centre scored first in the game, platting a run in the first inning as the Eagles committed three errors. Asbury was charged with four errors in the game. Julie Jarboe singled in the first Asbury run in the third as Kelsey Preece scored. Centre responded with another unearned run in the bottom of the third.
Sarah Woolums drove in the second run in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2, but Centre put up three in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Asbury had back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh as Preece and Madi Adair both reached. Preece scored on a sacrifice fly by Jarboe later in the inning, but the Eagles rally ended there. Jarboe finished with two hits and two RBI in the game.
In game two the Eagles scored early and often, putting up three runs in each of the first and second innings. Asbury had just two hits after the second inning as Centre rallied with three runs in the third and fifth to take an 8-6 lead. They added a final run in the sixth.
Amber Taylor drove in three and Harreld knocked in two for the Eagles. The Eagles recorded hree straight hits to lead off the game, culminating with a two-run single by Taylor. Jarboe added an RBI single two batters later. In the second it was Harreld who knocked in two with a single, followed by another run-scoring hit from Taylor.
Summer Rattliff was credited with the loss but didn’t receive a lot of help from her defense. The Eagles committed six errors behind the freshman which led to five of the nine runs being unearned. Rattliff allowed 10 hits and walked two with one strike out in six innings of work.
The Eagles will jump back into KIAC action on Friday, hosting Point Park at 5 pm in doubleheader action. Asbury will head to Alice Lloyd to close out the season series on Saturday.