The Ashland University baseball team concluded a successful spring break trip at the Russ Matt Invitational in central Florida with a 13-2 win over Notre Dame (Ohio) on Saturday (March 10) afternoon in Winter Haven.
The Eagles (8-3) went 8-1 on the trip south and will now play host to nonconference foe Gannon next Saturday (March 17).
Senior Greg Ludwig gave the Eagles an early lead with a solo blast to right field in the first inning.
Ashland wound up scoring in each of the first five innings. Sophomore Michael Rogers delivered a sac fly in the second. In the third, junior Sam Hawley's two-run single keyed a three-run inning that gave AU a 5-1 lead.
Sophomore Carson Mittermaier's RBI double in the fourth inning added another run before the offense blew it open with four runs in the fifth. Mittermaier's two-run single capped the inning.
Hitchcock (2-1) earned the win for the Eagles, striking out three and walking none in his outing.
Tyler Gault (1-2) took the loss for the Falcons (2-11), who managed just two runs on 12 hits.
Mittermaier led the AU lineup, going 3-for-4 with three RBI while Ludwig, Hawley and Rogers had two hits apiece. Littrell reached base four times with a hit and three walks.