BEREA, KY- Michael Smithers took the mound for Berea to start the first (and only) played game of the scheduled doubleheader against AU, and immediately found himself in trouble, walking Andrew Moran with the bases loaded. Smithers was able to sufficiently control the damages, allowing only one run through the bases-loaded, no out, situation.
Devin Belleville opened up the home half of the first with a single, was moved over by Aaron Effoe by a sacrifice bunt, and was then driven in by a Ryan Akins single to tie the game at one. Logan Hunt followed up with a single, and Evan Hackney tanked a home run over the left field fence to score both Akins and Hunt, putting the Mountaineers out in front by a score of 4-1.
After issuing two walks in the third inning, Smithers (2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, K) was relieved by Kenny Cullings, who would walk the next two batters, allowing Simeon Bell to score, cutting the lead to two. Spencer Andrews would score on a fielder's choice off the bat of McKenzie Sullivan, and Moran would score on the throw down to try and catch Sullivan stealing to tie the game up at four a piece.
In the following inning, Asbury would score again after a Works' error allowed Bell to cross the plate for the second time of the game, but Berea wouldn't go down easily, as Chase O'Connor would double and score on the next play, which was a Moran fielding error. Jesse James would come in to relieve Cullings (2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 5 BB) in the fifth inning after two walks. James (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB) would get out of the jam, and go on to pitch two more scoreless innings after getting the final two outs in the fifth, leading his team up until the 8th inning, which was pitched by Tyler Stafford, who pitched a shutout final frame.
The Mountaineers would come to the plate and put pressure on Asbury's new pitcher in Josh Bertke, as O'Connor (3-4, 2 2B, 2 R) doubled again down the left field line. This immediately put him in scoring position for Jake Taylor, who walked, Alex Helm, who was hit by a pitch, and Chris Works, who walked in walk-off fashion to lift Berea College over Asbury University 6-5 (8).
Mountaineer baseball will hit the road on Wednesday to take on the University of the Cumberlands. Keep up with all of the latest baseball information right here at www.BereaAthletics.com.