Eagle Baseball Continues Florida Trip, Splits Two Games

Mitch Cox
Mitch Cox

Ashland University's baseball team went 1-1 in Auburndale, Fla., on Tuesday (March 3), losing in the bottom of the ninth to 14th-ranked Grand Valley State, 5-4, then defeating Benedictine-Springfield, 9-4.

The Eagles nearly pulled off a late comeback for the second day in a row, rallying from a 4-1 deficit through six innings against the Lakers. Ashland scored once in the top of the eighth and twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 4. The tying run came with two outs in the ninth on a RBI groundout by junior Mackenzie Hampshire.

Grand Valley won with no outs in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single.

Junior Blake Bellman and sophomore Joey Gonzalez each had two of AU's 10 hits. Sophomore Brandyn Sittinger allowed 10 hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings, striking out 10 and not walking a batter.

Against Benedictine-Springfield, sophomore winning pitcher Cory Teachout struck out 10 and walked one in 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). Freshman Pat Carlozzi earned the save with five strikeouts and no walks over 2 1/3 innings.

Senior Stephen James was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI, and Bellman was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run. Senior Austin Walts had a double and two RBIs, and senior Kyle Brooks added a double and an RBI.

The Eagles (4-2) will play the Lakers again on Wednesday (March 4) at 10:30 a.m. in Winter Haven. As was the case on Tuesday, the game won't count in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.