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Barba’s Single in the 10th Wins it for Baseball Over Asbury 5-4 | UPIKE

PIKEVILLE, Ky.Alec Barba‘s two-out, 10th-inning single to deep centerfield was good enough for a walk-off 5-4 win for the University of Pikeville baseball team over Asbury on Tuesday afternoon at Johnnie LeMaster Field.

The Eagles (5-4) had intentionally walked Jay Vincent to get to Barba, and that was all the motivation he needed to rope a ball over the centerfielder’s head and into the wall to score Brandon Sewell from second. Sewell had reached first on an error and then moved into scoring position on sacrifice bunt by Luke Hartlage.

UPIKE (8-4) fought back from behind twice in the game, once after going down 1-0 in the second inning and again after Asbury had a 4-1 lead in the sixth.

Vincent was the only Bear to record multiple hits and tallied the only extra-base hit, going 2 for 4 with a home run and a walk. His shot over the fence in right field tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. While Justin Beatty only had one hit in the game, he did the most damage, driving in one run on a sac fly in the sixth and another on a seventh-inning single.

It was Beatty’s two-out hit in the seventh that helped push the game into extra innings by capping off three unanswered runs by the Bears to come back from a 4-1 deficit. The hit wouldn’t have tied things up if Vincent hadn’t hustled to second on a wild throw by the catcher, then have his pinch runner Brock Damron move to third on a wild pitch.

After two scoreless frames, the Asbury miscue and heroic hit from Barba later in the 10th inning led to UPIKE walking off with its fifth straight win.

Sewell ended up with the win on the mound, moving to 1-1 on the season after striking out two and allowing just one hit in the final 2 1/3 innings. He replaced fellow reliever James Brooks who set up the win by allowing just one hit as well in the previous 1 2/3 innings.

UPIKE starter A.J. Carkner lasted three innings, scattering two hits for one run and walking one batter with two strikeouts. Chase Martin fell to 1-2 with the loss after allowing the game-winning run on one hit with two walks in 1 2/3 frames.

Alejandro Jivanjee paced Asbury with two doubles, while Will McDonald pitched in with a double and RBI on two hits.

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It’s another four-game weekend series for the Bears as they host West Virginia Tech starting with a doubleheader at Noon ET on Saturday.

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