Softball Season Ends After Four Games in One Day at KIAC Tournament
DANVILLE, Ky. – Asbury softball played four games on Friday in the KIAC Tournament, eventually losing to Berea 2-1 to be eliminated. The Eagles beat Midway 4-2 in their first game and lost to top-seed Indiana Southeast 7-2. Asbury avoided elimination with a 6-0 win over Alice Lloyd.
Game 1 – Asbury 4, Midway 2
Maris Harreld picked up her 11th win of the season with a complete game five-hitter. Harreld struck out five and allowed just two unearned runs in the third. Julie Jarboe belted a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Eagles the lead, a lead they’d never surrender.
Midway closed to within 3-2 in the third as Samantha Youngblood knocked in two with a double to left center. Both runs were unearned after an error at second allowed the inning to continue for Youngblood. Asbury added an insurance run in the fifth as Kateland Hunter legged out a triple into the left field corner to score Harreld. Harreld knocked in a run in the second on a sacrifice fly to score Sarah Woolums who doubled to lead off the inning.
The Eagles had six hits from six different players in the game and left six on base. Midway left seven on base.
Game 2 – Ind. Southeast 7, Asbury 2
Indiana Southeast broke open a 2-2 game in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring twice on three straight extra base hits. IUS added three more in the sixth. Asbury fought back from down 2-0 after the third to tie the game at 2-2 after the top of the fifth.
Three hits and a walk in the fourth for the Eagles as Ashley Vonlinger’s tapper with the bases loaded eluded the pitcher and third baseman and allowed Hunter to score ahead of the throw. Maris Harreld added her eighth home run of the season to lead off the fifth.
The Eagles pounded out nine hits in the game but left runners on base. IUS had 10 hits and left only three on. Harreld took the loss after four plus innings of work to fall to 11-12 on the season. Bethany Sullivan pitched six innings to pick up her 12th win.
Game 3 – Asbury 6, Alice Lloyd 0
Summer Rattliff tossed a complete game shutout to improve to 7-12 on the season. Asbury scored twice in the second, third and fifth innings. Rattliff allowed only three hits in the game.
AnnaBeth Hill had a pair of hits and scored twice including a triple to lead off the second. She scored a batter later as Amber Taylor reached on a fielder’s choice bunt. Taylor knocked in another run in the third and two more with a double in the fifth. Taylor had four RBI in the game and two hits. Hill also had two hits in the game.
Game 4 – Berea 2, Asbury 1
Berea won on a squeeze play with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and advance to Saturday in the KIAC Tournament. Berea will face Point Park in an elimination game with the winner needing to beat Indiana Southeast twice on Saturday for the title.
Asbury scored first in the game as Madi Adair came home on Amber Taylor’s two-out single in the top of the first inning. Adair led off the inning with a walk and with two outs AnnaBeth Hill singled to move Adair into scoring position.
Berea didn’t get a hit until the fourth when Kari Kviten doubled with one out. Each team had five hits in the game. Berea tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth as Raissa Stovall led off with a single and scored on Kviten’s second double of the game.
In the seventh Berea led off with a single off the glove of Harreld. A fielder’s choice deep in the hole at short and a close play at second gave the Mountaineers two on with no out. A bunt loaded the bases. Courtney Sartin followed with a bunt that trickled down the first base line and allowed Morgan McClure to score the winning run.
Asbury ends the season 18-26 and finishes in fourth in the KIAC Tournament.