Eagles Eliminated From GLIAC Tourney After 12-Inning Loss

Eagles Eliminated From GLIAC Tourney After 12-Inning Loss


History sometimes has a disappointing way of repeating itself.

Five years and a day since the Ashland University's baseball team's last 12-inning loss in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, the Eagles lost another 12-inning conference tournament game, a 5-4 decision against Hillsdale on Friday (May 13) which knocked them out of the 2016 tourney.

Ashland is 31-20, and now turns its attention to the NCAA Division II baseball postseason selection show, Sunday (May 15) at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com. Eight teams from each region qualify for the NCAA postseason, May 19-23 at on-campus sites. In the Midwest Region, the champions of the GLIAC, Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Midwest Athletic Conference receive automatic bids.

In the third and final Midwest Region rankings on Wednesday (May 11), the Eagles were ranked fifth.

Friday's game was the Eagles' first extra-inning contest in the GLIAC Tournament since a 7-6, 12-inning loss against Wayne State on May 12, 2011, in Chillicothe, Ohio.

On Friday, as was the case on Thursday (May 12) in a 12-10 loss to Walsh in the tournament opener, Ashland took an early lead. In the bottom of the third, junior designated hitter Lance Myers' fielder's choice brought in the game's first run.

Hillsdale scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 lead, then the Eagles posted two runs in the sixth to regain the advantage at 3-2. In the sixth, senior center fielder Nick Edwards drove in both runs with a single.

The Chargers tied the game with a run in the eighth, and the score remained 3-3 until the top of the 12th, when Hillsdale scored twice. Ashland scored once in the bottom of the 12th on a two-out solo home run by sophomore third baseman J.P. Sorma, but couldn't bring the tying run across.

Junior right-handed pitcher Brandyn Sittinger went 8 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks and striking out 11. Sophomore lefty Derek Baker got an out against the only batter he faced. The loss went to sophomore righty Pat Carlozzi (3-2), who yielded four hits, two runs and two walks and struck out three in 3 1/3 frames.

Senior right fielder Mike Lewandowski was 3-for-6, while Myers, Sorma and Edwards each had two hits. Sorma's hitting streak is up to 25 games.