By Zack Peñalva, Sports Editor
After dispatching Indiana University-East easily 9-0 last Friday, the match against sister school Indiana University-Southeast was a lot more tense. Sophomores carried the day, Deuce Gibson won his match 6-1, 7-6, while the duo of Joshua and Ty Abraham won their singles and doubles matches, but it was up to a senior to seal the deal. With the teams tied at 4-4, the pressure was on Nesbert Vaval to keep the Eagles’ winning streak alive. After scraping out of the first set 7-6, IUSE’s Bryson Mills won the second 3-6. But Vaval was unfazed, coming back to win the next set, and the entire match, 6-3. The Eagles will be on the road against Brescia College today at 1 p.m.
Another disappointing weekend for the Asbury baseball team as the rebuilding process under new head coach Manny Cervantes continues. Two losses against conference opponent University of Rio Grande continue the poor performances the Eagles have had away from home. Four games at Brescia University this weekend, starting at 5 p.m. today, will provide another tough test. The Eagles are 17-21 all-time against the Bearcats.
What. A. Game. Multiple lead changes and an overtime winner were in store for those lucky enough to be in the stands for the Eagles’ 14-13 win over Midland University last Saturday. After Midland took the lead in the game’s opening minutes, it was an offensive-minded showing as both teams racked up goals and struggled to put together strong defensive spells. Tied 12-12 at the end of regulation, two goals in overtime from freshman Melina Martinez were enough to hold off a late charge from the Warriors.
The men’s team had a much harder time last week, giving up double-digit goals to Lincoln Memorial in their 17-2 loss. Sophomores Tre Vukelic and Bobby Bennett got on the score sheet with goals in the first and third period respectively, but LMU had ended the game as a contest after going up 5-1 in the game’s first fifteen minutes. The Eagles will play again on Saturday, this time at home against Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m.
Brescia University got the best of the Eagles, winning three of their four games last weekend. Asbury pulled off one win 12-9 thanks to great offensive performances from junior Madi Adair (3 runs), sophomore Katrina Miller (2 runs, 3rbi) and freshmen Alyssa Gaines (3 runs, 4rbi) and Logan Ellis (2 runs). With the last stretch of their schedule remaining, the Eagles will look to improve on their 9-13 record during a four game stretch with Carlow University.
We’ll be wishing the golf team the best of luck as they prepare for the second day of action in the KIAC tournament, currently underway in Santa Claus, IN.