Ashland University's baseball team earned its fifth consecutive victory on Friday (April 3), but the Eagles didn't get a chance at a sixth straight win.
In the opener of a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference set at Donges Field, the Eagles defeated the Dragons, 3-2, before persistent rain kept Game 2 from taking place.
Ashland, ranked No. 25 in Division II, is 18-7 overall and 7-2 in the GLIAC, while Tiffin is 11-15, 5-4.
Junior pitcher Jake Baldwin improved to 5-0 after a start in which he struck out six and allowed five hits, two runs and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Sophomore pitcher Brandyn Sittinger earned his first save by getting the last four outs of the game, two on strikeouts.
Senior second baseman Stephen James, the reigning GLIAC South Division Player of the Week, was 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. James' two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the game.
The Eagles and Dragons are scheduled to play two games on Saturday (April 4) at Donges Field beginning at 1 p.m.