GAME NOTES: Eagles, Bears Look To Stave Off Elimination

GAME NOTES: Eagles, Bears Look To Stave Off Elimination

The Ashland University baseball team will look to continue its postseason run by eliminating NYIT on Monday afternoon in Cary, N.C.


NCAA Division II Baseball Championships (Game 5)
#4 Ashland (47-14) vs. #8 NYIT (37-15)
Monday, June 3, 3 p.m.
USA Baseball National Training Complex | Cary, N.C.

LAST LOOK AT SATURDAY: The Eagles fell into a 7-0 hole through the first three innings and were not able to dig out in a 9-4 loss to Central Missouri in the NCAA Division II World Series opener on Saturday. The Eagles scored twice in the seventh, but left the bases loaded in the inning as they looked to further cut into the lead. 

CURTIS' HITLESS OUTING: Senior right-hander Ryan Curtis gave the Eagles a chance to get back in the game, tossing four hitless innings in relief to finish the game. He has given up just three runs in his last 10 postseason innings. 

FOUR RBI HITS: The Eagles had four run-scoring hits in the game from four different players, including junior Carson Mittermaier and sophomores Dillan Smith, Micah Allen and Logan Stoldt. Mittermaier's was a rope that he banged to the opposite field into the right-field corner for his first triple of the season. 

ELIMINATION EAGLES: The Eagles are not in a new position having lost their first game at the World Series. They lost their second game at the GLIAC Tournament, then won the next three to win the conference championship. Ashland lost the opener of the Midwest Regional tournament to Tiffin, 17-10, and rallied for four straight wins. In the super-regional, UIS topped the Eagles, 8-4, to force the 'if necessary' game and the Eagles beat the Prairie Stars on a walk-off wild pitch in the finale. The Eagles are 8-0 in elimination games this postseason. 

AT THE WORLD SERIES: The Ashland University baseball program is making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships and its first in Cary, N.C. It is the program's fifth appearance under 22-year head coach John Schaly, who led the Eagles in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2008. Ashland has not won more than one game at the World Series in program history (3-11 all-time). 

CARDIAC EAGLES: The Eagles have had a flair for the dramatic this season, coming from behind to win 23 times, winning 13 times in the last at-bat, and winning in walk-off fashion eight times. Four of their walk-off wins have come in the postseason. 

STRIKEOUT KINGS: The AU pitching staff has established a school record for strikeouts with 525 on the season, which ranks seventh in Division II.

PATIENCE, PATIENCE: As a unit, the Eagles boast one of the most patient lineups in the nation, ranking tied for eighth in Division II in walks (284). Ashland has a .407 team on-base percentage, led by sophomore Austin Eifrid, who reaches base at a .498 clip. He has been hit by a pitch five more times than any other NCAA baseball player (34).