The Ashland University baseball team opened its season on Friday (Mar. 2) in Florida with an 8-4 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato.
Sophomore third baseman Tyler Gray (Plain City, Ohio/Jonathan Alder) banged out three hits and drove in three runs. Gray had a double and a homer. Junior first baseman Austin Erb (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
The Eagles used four pitchers. Senior Aaron Hilt (Richmond, Ohio/Richmond Edison) started and lasted five innings to pick up the win. He allowed four runs, but all were unearned, on seven hits.
AU and Minnesota State-Mankato will play again on Saturday (Mar. 3).