by Anthony Sizemore, Student Sports Reporter
On Tuesday, March 25th, the Alice Lloyd baseball team traveled to the University of the Cumberlands. The Eagles were unable to overcome a difficult first inning, losing to the Patriots, 13-7.
The Eagles got off to a solid start in the top half of the first inning when Trae Minton scored via an error from UC’s second baseman, Claudio Valencia. However, the Patriots brought home seven runs to make it 7-1 through one.
UC scored two more runs in the second inning, but the Eagles were able to get three of those runs back in the top of the third. Shane Pack delivered a two-run single that drove home Minton and Ryne Loggins to make it 9-3. Tanner Hensley drove home Kevin Smith on a sacrifice fly to cut into the deficit even more.
In the fourth inning, ALC put a two spot on the board to pull within three runs of the leaders. Outfielder Luis Hernandez misplayed a fly ball in right and this would allow Ben Ray and Minton to score the two runs. UC would extend their advantage, however, generating two runs in their half of the fourth to make it 11-6.
The Patriots added two more runs in the fifth, which placed a serious dent in ALC’s comeback hopes. The Eagles brought home one more run, but could manage no more. Patrick Barnett grounded out, but drove home Kevin Smith to credit Barnett with the RBI.
Pack had two RBIs for ALC while Hensley, Loggins and Barnett each had one for the Eagles. Daniel Burgess started the game for Alice Lloyd, but only went two-thirds of an inning, allowing five runs and four hits. Logan Condra, Mackenize Hicks, Ryan Burrow and Jake Woolwine went the other six and one-third innings. The relievers allowed eleven hits and eight runs.
The Eagles return to home turf on March 28th and 29th for a four-game set with Asbury University. The doubleheader on Friday begins at 1 PM, and on Saturday, first pitch is set for noon.