Eagles Share GLIAC Title, Are No. 2 Tourney Seed

Eagles Share GLIAC Title, Are No. 2 Tourney Seed

Ashland University's baseball team had a chance on Sunday (May 8) afternoon to clinch the No. 1 seed in the 2016 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Following a 3-1 win and a 5-3 loss on Sunday at Findlay, however, the Eagles finished the regular season in a first-place tie with Grand Valley State atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season standings.

Thanks to a tiebreaker, AU will be the conference tourney's No. 2 seed, and its first game in Xenia, Ohio, will be Thursday (May 12) against No. 5-seed Walsh.

The Eagles finish the regular season at 31-18 overall and 22-8 in the GLIAC, while the Oilers' 2016 campaign ends at 17-28, 10-20.

In Game 1, Ashland broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the top of the seventh inning on a home run by junior designated hitter Lance Myers. Both of Myers' round-trippers this spring have been game-winners.

Myers was 2-for-4 in the victory.

Senior right-hander Alex Smith pitched two shutout innings to improve to 2-0. Sophomore righty Pat Carlozzi got the last out for his first save of the season.

Game 2 saw the Oilers go out to a quick 4-0 lead thanks to two runs each in the first and third innings. Findlay later took a 5-0 lead through six innings.

Ashland got on the scoreboard in the eighth on a pinch-RBI double from senior Mike Lewandowski. Two more runs came home in the ninth when senior center fielder Nick Edwards hit an RBI groundout, then freshman right fielder Nic Varda added an RBI single.

The Eagles had the tying runs on base, but a strikeout ended the game.

Senior first baseman Mackenzie Hampshire was 2-for-4. Freshman righty Sam Rice (2-2) allowed four hits, two runs and a walk in an inning of work.

For more information on the 2016 GLIAC Tournament, go to http://gliac.org/sports/bsb/2015-16/releases/tournament/2016.