WILMORE, KY- The BC baseball team was back in action against the Eagles of Asbury University on Friday night, losing the first game by a score of 7-2 and winning the second game by a score of 1-0.
The first game featured Chad Brown on the mound for Berea, who, although running up a high pitch count, was able to keep the score at a close margin for the first four innings. In the top half of the fifth inning, with the Mountaineers down by 4, the Mountaineers were able to get the bases loaded with no one out for Evan Hackney. The Eagles were able to squeak out with minimal damage, considering the circumstances, as they got Hackney to ground into a double play, and, after a Dallas Adkins RBI single, got out of the inning with the score Asbury 4, and Berea 2.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown gave up two more runs, giving the Eagles a 6-2 lead, and stretching the possibility of coming back a little bit further for the baseball players in blue. After a quiet top half of the sixth, Brown, who was well over one hundred pitches for the evening, walked a batter, gave up a hit, got one out on a sacrifice bunt, and then walked one final batter to end his night. Senior Nate Metz came in to appear in his fourth game over the last five games, and effectively stopped the bleeding, getting a sacrifice fly to centerfield, and a fly out to right field on just three pitches. The Mountaineers came up empty in the 7th, and lost their fifth game in a row. Brown (6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB) has his record drop to 1-3 on the season.
The Mountaineers wouldn't quite die, however, as they were locked in the second game of the doubleheader against their tough rivals from Wilmore with the score 0-0 in the top of the seventh inning. Dallas Adkins reached base on a single to centerfield, and moved all the way up to third an errant pickoff play from the catcher to the first baseman. Devin Belleville had himself quite the day at the plate, and continued his success with a single to score Adkins and give Berea a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Lance Shelton threw a dominant 7th inning, giving the Mountaineers their first win in 5 games, and granted Shelton his first complete game of the season. Shelton only gave up 4 hits on his way to giving Berea their 11th win of the season, one shy of tying last year's win record.
Berea takes on Asbury on their home turf, tomorrow at 2:00pm ET. For more information, be sure to check out www.bereaathletics.com.