WILMORE – Asbury University used two runs in the bottom of the first, got out of a jam in the fifth and held off Midway for a 2-1 win in the first of the two games Monday night. In the second game the Eagles gave up two in the top of the sixth and cut the deficit in half but couldn't solve the Midway pitching to capture the win.
Amara Wylie walked to reach base and Sarah Woolums singled to bump her to second with two outs in the first. A wild pitch would advance both runners into scoring position and they'd round the bases on Alex Ledford's RBI single. AU took a 2-0 lead into the second inning.
It wasn't until the fourth inning did either team muster another run due to some solid pitching from both squads.
The Midway lone run came off a lead-off homer in the fourth from Kelsey Gravens.
The Eagles and pitcher Emmy Gillis thwarted a Midway threat in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Gillis entered the game for Deana Philips and got Midway to pop out to end the inning. Philips returned to the game to finish out the contest. She'd finish with 6.2 innings pitched, giving up six hits, one run, striking out four and walking two. She'd collect the win as well.
AU picked up just four hits in the win with Ledford leading the way with two hits.
In game two it was a quick first five innings as neither team found their bats with the pitchers finding a groove. The game went into the sixth knotted up a 0-0.
A single and a walk in the sixth for the visitors put batters on first and second before a wild pitch bumped the runners into scoring position. A Texas-leaguer to shallow right field scored both runs as the runners left on contact and rounded the bases for a 2-0 Midway lead.
Asbury responded in the bottom half of the inning as Alyssa Gaines picked up a double down the third base line and Amara Wylie brought her home with a hard single up the middle. A nice play from Midway's shortstop ended the Eagles threat as she picked up a 6-4 double play on a hard-hit Deana Philips drive up the middle.
AU and pitcher Ally Moore retired the side in the top of the seventh setting up the a chance for the hosts to answer the visiting Eagles and take both.
Sarah Woolums led off the inning with a shot to deep left field but an over-the-shoulder catch from the left fielder kept Woolums from reaching base. The Eagles got two more cracks at putting the tying run on but couldn't find a gap in the Midway defense. Midway captured the 2-1 win to split the series.
AU returns to action Wednesday night to take on Berea in a double header.