The Ashland University baseball team opened the 2014 season with a 3-2 victory over Davenport.
AU scored a run in the bottom of the 11th inning to get the win and put an end to a long day. The game was played in Auburndale, Fla. The Eagles left Ashland at 4 a.m., flew to Florida and took the field for the 5 p.m. game.
The win went to righty Vince Frate, who worked one scoreless innings. The Eagles used six pitchers in the game. That group held Davenport (7-4) to four hits. AU pitchers walked six and struck out seven. The Eagles didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning. Sam Shafer started and went four innings.
Mackenzie Hampshire was 3-for-4 and Edwards and Kaido both went 2-for-5. Kaido had a triple. The Eagles collected 12 hits.
The loss went to Ryan Butzer, who pitched five innings in relief. He allowed a run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.