Ashland University's softball team didn't get as far up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings ladder as it could have on Thursday (April 14).
That's because the Eagles' five-game winning streak was slowed down by darkness, as AU and Tiffin couldn't finish Game 2 of Thursday's GLIAC doubleheader, having to suspend it after seven innings at a 3-3 tie.
In Game 1 at Tiffin, the Eagles took a 5-2 decision to improve to 20-16 overall and 10-5 in the conference – moving into a tie for fourth place in the league standings as a result. The Dragons are 20-12, 5-5.
Thursday's opener saw Ashland score in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by senior pitcher Sarah Alley. That advantage was stretched to 3-0 in the third thanks to a run-scoring triple from senior first baseman Jen Moore and another Alley sac fly.
Tiffin inched closer with single runs in the third and fifth innings to make it a 3-2 contest, but Ashland pulled away with two more runs in the seventh on a two-run triple by sophomore third baseman Marissa Caraballo.
Alley moved her record to 11-6 after a complete-game six-hitter. She struck out six, walked three and allowed two runs in improving to 7-1 in her last eight decisions.
Thursday's games began a stretch of 12 consecutive road games to end the Eagles' regular season. That stretch will continue on Saturday (April 16) at 1 p.m. at Lake Erie (12-18, 4-10).