Softball Loses Fifth Straight
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury softball fell to their fifth straight loss after being swept by KIAC rival Berea on Wednesday night, 5-3 (8 innings) and 8-2. The Eagles fall to 11-17 overall and 8-8 in the KIAC while Berea improves to 13-9 and 8-6.
Asbury took a 1-0 lead in game one as Amber Taylor drove in Maris Harreld on a groundout. Harreld reached with a one-out error and move to third on Julie Jarboe’s double. Berea tied the game at 1-1 in the third, putting together two hits and taking advantage of an error that led to the run. The game stayed 1-1 until extra innings.
In the 8th with a runner starting on second base due to the tiebreaker rule, Berea was able to push four runs across with only two hits. An error kept the inning alive, leading to all runs being unearned. Harreld didn’t allow an earned run all night, striking out nine over eight innings.
Amber Taylor added her second RBI of the night in the bottom of the eighth. Sarah Pattengale added an RBI single to bring the score to 5-3. Asbury brought the winning run to the plate twice but were unable to get a hit to keep the rally going. Pattengale and Anna Beth Hill each finished with two hits in the game.
In game two Berea used to big innings on their way to an 8-2 victory. The Lady Mountaineers scored four times in the first inning, three on a home run from Harley Catron. Berea added four runs in the fourth inning. Only four of the eight runs were earned after an error in each of the first and fourth innings allowed runs to score.
The Asbury offense had trouble against Victoria Sergent as Sergent struck out 10. The Eagles worked seven walks on the day and had six hits but left 13 on base. Julie Jarboe had two hits in the game and knocked in a run in the fourth. Summer Rattliff struck out a career-high 11 for the Eagles in the loss. This was her first outing with double digit strikeouts.
Asbury will face Berea again in a doubleheader at Berea to close out the regular season on April 26. The Eagles will be back in action on Friday at home to host Brescia at 3 p.m. Asbury and the Bearcats split two games earlier in the season.