Ashland University's baseball team has heated up as the May Ohio weather does the same.
The Eagles won their second Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament game in as many days on Friday (May 8), topping Northwood, 5-0, at the Athletes in Action Sports Complex in Xenia, Ohio, to advance to the tournament's third day.
AU is 35-15, and has won seven of its last eight games. The Eagles have outscored their first two conference tourney opponents, 12-1.
Ashland's next GLIAC Tournament opposition will be Grand Valley State on Saturday (May 9) at 10:30 a.m.
Junior center fielder Nick Edwards got Friday's scoring going in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single. That was followed up with two more runs in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by junior third baseman Blake Bellman and a run-scoring single by sophomore designated hitter Steve Mowry.
Ashland put up another crooked number in the bottom of the fourth, scoring twice on an RBI single by senior second baseman Stephen James and a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior first baseman Mackenzie Hampshire.
Sophomore pitcher Brandyn Sittinger threw a gem for the Eagles, authoring a complete-game five-hit shutout. He walked four and struck out eight in improving to 4-1. It was Sittinger's longest outing as an Eagle.
Pacing Ashland's 11-hit attack were James (2-for-5, double, RBI), junior right fielder Mike Lewandowski (2-for-5, double) and Edwards (2-for-4, run scored, RBI).