This week in Asbury Athletics
Published 4:54 pm Thursday, March 2, 2023
Asbury’s February came to a satisfying close with competition from baseball, softball, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s tennis.
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Feb 24 – Asbury leaped into postseason competition at home against Kentucky Christian University. The Eagles were led in points by Dakota Walden and Nick Fort, who grabbed 24 each. The first 24 minutes of Friday’s game were marked by 25 points for Asbury, leaving them 55 points at the half. A final score of 108-74 in favor of Asbury secured the Eagles a spot in the NCCA Mideast Championship in Winona Lake, Indiana, for the second consecutive season.
Feb 25 – Asbury faced Alice Lloyd College and dominated the court with an early lead on Saturday night. The Eagles were led in the 88-70 victory by Nick Fort with 24 points, Clayton Winter with 21, Caleb Wallis with 14, and Dakota Walden with 10.
Feb 21 – Despite their best efforts, an early lead, and a high score, the Eagles fell to Kentucky State University on Tuesday, their first loss of the season.
Feb 24 – Asbury’s earlier Friday match against Mount St. Joseph was the first of this weekend’s four-game series in Millington, Tennessee. Early on, the score favored MSJ, but the Eagle offense exploded at the bottom of the third with six consecutive runs. With one more lead switch, AU secured an 11-5 win. The second game of the day did not end as well for the Eagles as they fell to the Lions 19-3.
Feb 25 – The Eagles were first on the board Saturday, thanks to combined efforts from Ethan Cartwright, Quinn Nobles, Noah Brown, and Jackson Cole. When Mount St. Joseph stole the lead and grabbed eight runs, the Eagles fought hard to catch up but were forced to hand over the third game of the series 11-6. The second game of the day was an offensive shift from both teams, seeing only six combined runs the whole game. Despite key performances from Brody Bearden, Jack Morris, and Ethan Cartwright, the Eagles fell yet again to MSJ and ended the series with a 3-4 mark on the season.
Feb 22 – Back at Kirkland Complex in Wilmore, the Eagles were overtaken by the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders in a doubleheader. Despite disappointing back-to-back losses, junior Taylor Enlow was a massive offensive contributor going 6-7 on the day with three doubles. Natlie Ison, Josie Deatherage, and Tori Giurgevich also had impressive outings.
Feb 25 – On Tuesday, the Eagles hosted a doubleheader against the Manchester Spartans. Although they came up short in both games, AU held their own and saw excellent plays, particularly from Taylor Sanders, Taylor Enlow, Kaylee Strunk, Karly Fetter, and Josie Deatherage. The Eagles look to return to the win column in Friday’s doubleheader versus Midway.
Feb 22 – The Asbury men’s tennis victory in Nicholasville on Saturday marks their second consecutive win over Transylvania University. Yousef Ismail, Joseph Lewis, Franco Patino, and Ignacio Ardiles are to thank for their key performances in men’s doubles. Patino and Gregorio Ingles grabbed AU’s victories in singles.
Feb 24 – The Eagles finished undefeated in doubles and secured an 8-1 lead over Hampden-Sydney College in Danville.
“On paper, we were the better team; however, we approached the match knowing that any lost opportunity could make us struggle. During the week, Coach Miller oriented our drills to prepare us specifically for this matchup, which allowed us to be well-equipped to take today’s win,” said freshman Franco Patino.
Feb 21 – On Friday, the Asbury’s women’s tennis team preceded the men’s at Top Seed Tennis Club and came up short against the Transylvania Pioneers, 7-2.