The University of the Cumberlands (UC) baseball team looked to get back on track after dropping 5 of their last 6 games. The Patriots did just that in their weekday doubleheader with Asbury University on Tuesday March, 11th. The Patriots swept the Eagles by scores of 5-2 in game 1 and 11-7 in game 2.
The UC bats came alive as they collected a total of 14 hits in the doubleheader and put 16 runs on the board in the two games. The Patriots pitching looked solid as well, especially in game one where the Patriots saw a complete game.
Tyler Kilgore (Dunlap TN; 2-0) made his second start of the season and looked just as impressive as in his first start this season. Kilgore threw a 2 run complete game, walking 1, and striking out 6 in the first game of the doubleheader. Kilgore was able to move his record to 2-0 and lower his ERA to 1.29 on the year. Offensively in game 1, the Patriots were led by Claudio Valencia (Yuma, AZ), who went 1-2 from the plate driving in 1 run and scoring a run. Zach McRoberts (Hillsboro, KY) also seemed to find his groove going 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ricky Osorio (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico) started game 2 for the Patriots and looked great for 4 innings of work, striking out 8. He ran into some trouble in the 5th giving up 6 earned runs in the inning. Luckily for Osorio, he garnered a 10-1 lead going into the inning and was able to still pick up his first win of the season. Anthony Webster (Spring Hill, FL) came in for relief and performed nicely giving up 0 hits in 2.2 innings of work with 2 strikeouts.
The Patriots exploded out of the gate quickly with a 7-run 2nd inning that gave UC a commanding 7-1 lead after 2. The offensive output was led by Jared Martin (Cynthiana, KY) who went 1-3 from the plate in game 1 driving in 4 runs, and later coming around to score. Trent Abner (London, KY) also continued his successful freshmen season as he went 2-3 from the plate driving in one run and scoring a run. In game 2 alone, the Patriots went 11-26 from the plate drawing 14 walks, scoring 11 runs, and driving in 9 RBIs.
UC improves to 12-9 on the season as they now turn their attention to the Campbellsville Tigers in a critical Mid-South Conference 3 game series. The Patriots will be on the road for their first road MSC series of the season as first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM against the Tigers on Friday, March 14th.
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