Asbury Athletics at a glance

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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Baseball split a doubleheader with Wittenberg on Sunday, while mens and womens tennis gathered a sweep over Brevard College. AU womens basketball competed in the NCCAA Mideast Regional Championship, falling to Alice Lloyd 69-63 as golf opened its spring season down south in Alabama.

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Freshman Nathan Kaufman earned his first win for Asbury baseball (6-5) as graduate student Matthew Johnson walked off game one, but the Eagles slipped in game two to split the doubleheader with Wittenberg University (5-5) at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester on Sunday, March 10. Ethan Cartwright and Andrew Billington each had two hits in game one, Billington with an RBI and Cartwright with a run scored. Matthew Johnson had the RBI single in the bottom of the 10th in game one to drive in the winning run. Kaufman went three innings with two hits, three strikeouts and no runs to earn his first career win. Jackson Cole got the game one start and went seven innings with four earned runs and two walks. Trevor McNaughton and Colton Perkins each had a hit with a run scored in game one. Freshman Jacob Camfield and sophomore Jacob Parker combined for 4.1 innings of scoreless work in game two, only giving up one walk combined. 


Womens basketball

Last Thursday night, the Eagles (18-8) hosted Alice Lloyd (12-17) for the NCCAA Mideast Region title in Wilmore at the Luce Center. It was Alice Lloyd winning a thriller, 69-63. Asbury now awaits to hear from the NCCAA to see if they have qualified for an at-large bid, which would send them to Winona Lake, In., for the NCCAA National Tournament. The tournament takes place March 20-23. Celia Pelfrey led AU scorers with 14 points (4-10 3PT) and added two boards. Spencer Harvey added 13 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Morgan Flannery scored nine points, four rebounds, and three assists. Camryn Preston poured in nine points and grabbed three boards. 


Mens and womens tennis

The Asbury men’s tennis team (1-2) traveled to Danville for their second match of the season against Centre College (3-1) on March 6. The men fell to the Colonels 7-2, taking one doubles match and one singles match. The doubles win came from Ben Moore and Andres Caceres, who have now won both doubles matches for AU in the young season. They won their last doubles match in February against Berry College 8-3. The lone single victory came from freshman Ben Moore over Centre’s Jett Anderson 6-2, 6-2. Moore has had a very impressive start to his Asbury career, having part of every win for the Eagles in two matches. Franco Patino battled to the third set but ultimately fell in #2 singles match, 6-1, 2-6, 4-6.

Sophomore Ariadna Zegarra led Asbury women’s tennis (2-0) to a 6-3 win over Brevard College, while junior Alejandro Caceres led the AU men’s team (1-2) to a powerful 9-0 sweep over Brevard on Thursday night in Brevard, N.C. Ariadna Zegarra and Martina Paillet pulled out an 8-7 win in the No. 1 doubles match, but AU fell in the other two doubles matches to start the day. Asbury responded by winning five of their six singles matches with Brevard, taking their 2024 record to 2-0. Just two days after AU men’ tennis battled with Centre College on Tuesday night, the Eagles clicked their way into a 9-0 win over Brevard College to head into spring break competition on a high note. Caceres and Ben Moore set the tone in the No. 3 and No. 1 singles matches, giving up only three points combined to the opponent. The two teams are now in South Carolina during Spring Break, competing in five games each.


Mens golf

The Asbury men’s golf team traveled south to Union Grove, Al., to compete in the Alabama Invasion tournament hosted at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course. A lineup of 10 teams traveled to compete in the 36-hole tournament, AU placing seventh in the event. Asbury was led by junior Garret Sturges, who collected three birdies and scored an eagle on the weekend. Garrett Sturges shot an overall +19 (21st overall), including three birdies and an eagle. Gideon Coleman paced the Eagles, shooting a +22 (T32 overall), added by two birdies. Grayson Head scored a +24 (36th overall) on the weekend, finishing up round two with a birdie on hole 17. 


The Asbury student section was out to support the Eagles recently. (Asbury Athletics photo)