While homemakers around Ashland have been working to eliminate streaks during this time of spring cleaning, the Ashland University softball team has been attempting to do the opposite.
The Eagles have been looking to put down a streak everyone can see.
That happened on Sunday (Apr. 13) at Brookside Park where the Eagles swept Malone, 8-0 and 7-1. The Eagles have a season-high five-game winning streak.
This couldn't come at a better time because the Eagles face what appears to be their most challenging stretch of the season next week. AU will play at Ferris State on Tuesday, at Grand Valley State on Wednesday, host Saginaw Valley State on Friday and welcome Wayne State to town on Friday.
First things first, however. Against Malone, the Eagles won the opener by the eight-run rule in five innings. In 12 innings of play, they didn't commit an error. Ashland is 19-10 and 8-4 in the GLIAC. Malone is 10-20-1 and 2-14.
In the opener, Amber McDermott improved to 5-1 and completed her second game of the season. McDermott allowed seven hits, but she didn't issue a walk.
AU scored in every inning but the second. The game ended in the fifth inning on Jen Moore's team-high fourth homer of the season. That was a solo shot to left.
Moore was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the opener. Designated player Sarah Alley was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. She had a double and a triple.
Jillian Coyle (7-9) went the distance and took the loss. Of the eight runs she allowed, four were earned.
Second baseman Desi Hengoed went 2-for-2 with a double and shortstop Alexa Holztrager went 2-for-3 for Malone.
In the second game, AU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and was in front, 5-0 after three frames. The Eagles had 14 hits. The only negative was that AU stranded 10 runners. With a little better situational hitting, this game could also have been shortened with the run rule.
The Eagles rapped out five doubles. Third baseman Kayla Prokopakis was 3-for-4 and drove in a run. She doubled. Moore, Alley and Seidler had two hits each and all three of those players doubled.
Zoe Myers pitched four inings to get the win. She allowed a run on five hits. Meyers is 3-1.
Right fielder Erika Gerber went 2-for-3 for the Pioneers.