Asbury Athletics at a glance
Published 10:25 am Friday, April 28, 2023
Baseball celebrated three seniors while track and field broke records and added more nationals qualifiers, while women’s tennis player Mikaela West earned NCCAA Player of the Week. This was the week that was in Asbury Athletics.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
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April 21 – Asbury men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up their 2023 seasons sweeping Berea College last Friday. The men’s team shut out Berea, 9-0, and the women dominated 8-0. The women’s ninth match was unfinished due to inclement weather.
The men will close their season with an impressive 10-3 record, and the women will end their strong season with a record of 5-5.
Mikaela West, an AU women’s tennis freshman from Kalamazoo, Michigan, was named the NCCAA Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon.
April 19 – AU Softball took their home field for the final time of the 2023 season on Wednesday evening for a doubleheader sweep over Oakland City in Wilmore, producing 21 total runs.
Taylor Enlow powered AU’s offense with five hits and her first grand slam.
She also had five RBIs, taking her to a team-high 35.
Natalie Ison recorded two hits with a double in game one and four RBIs on the day, while Olivia Judy collected two hits and two RBIs in game two.
April 22 – The Eagles traveled to Centre College on Saturday afternoon, splitting their final doubleheader of the season.
AU fell 6-1 to Centre in game one but rebounded in game two for a 7-2 victory.
Enlow led the way with four hits and her sixth home run, going 4-of-7 with four RBIs.
Olivia Judy continued to perform for the Eagles, grabbing four hits on the day and going 4-of-7 at bat.
Josie Deatherage took the mound in game two and recorded six strikeouts to bring her total to 66 on the year. She did not yield a walk and grabbed her fifth win of the season.
The AU offense produced five hits in game one and 13 hits in game two, ending their 2023 season with a record of 14-26.
April 20 – On Thursday afternoon in Wilmore, Asbury baseball produced 12 hits in each game against the squad from Mississippi University for Women to take them to 20 double-digit hit games on the year. In game one AU beat MUW 11-9, but dropped game two 10-7 despite outhitting the Owls 12-7.
Kaden Dugle finished the day with four RBIs and four runs scored to go with his three home runs that came in consecutive at-bats. Matthew Johnson shined in his return, going 5-of-7 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
April 21 – Senior Day on Friday afternoon was cut short due to inclement weather, completing game three of Asbury’s series with MUW in a 4-4 tie after six innings.
Asbury baseball (20-13-1) honored three 2023 seniors including Matthew Baker, Noah Brown and David Savastio for their contributions to the program.
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field
April 21-22 – Eight different Eagles produced season-best times in the two-day EKU Invitational in Richmond.
NCCAA Cross Country All-American Wes Preston set an impressive Asbury school record this weekend in the 5000 meter run at 15:34.09, which was set in 1987 by AU Athletics Hall of Famer Neil Butler.
Another Cross Country All-American, Will Durrance, set a school record in the 1500 meter run at 4:03.75, breaking the record of 4:06.8 set earlier this spring by his freshman teammate Davis Brown.