The Ashland University baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Tuesday (Mar. 18) against Wayne State in Chillicothe, Ohio. These were the first GLIAC games of the season for both clubs.
The Warriors grabbed the first game, 12-5. The second game went nine innings and went to the Warriors, 8-5.
AU is 10-7. Wayne State is 12-4.
In the first game, the Warriors did what few teams have done over the last two seasons - rough up AU ace Jake Baldwin. The junior was the GLIAC pitcher of the year and the region pitcher of the year in 2013 and earned All-America laurels. On this day he lasted three innings and allowed six runs on six hits. All of those runs came in the third inning. Baldwin took the loss, his first of the season.
Three more AU pitchers would follow Baldwin to the mound.
AU scored a run in the third inning and four in the fifth to narrow the WSU lead to 6-5. The Warriors retaliated with three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
First baseman Tyler Gray was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair that was tied, 5-5 after seven innings. The Eagles got a pinch-hit, two-run, two-out double from Greg Ludwig in the sixth inning to go ahead, 5-4. WSU tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh.
Vince Frate, off to a 4-0 start, pitched the first six innings. He allowed five runs - four earned - on five hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The loss went to Alex Smith. He worked three innings and gave up three runs - two earned - on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.
The game was tied, 1-1 after one inning and the Eagles led, 3-1 after three. Wayne State got one run back in the fourth and went ahead, 4-3, with two runs in the fifth.
Gray was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
Ashland will play four games at Ohio Dominican this coming weekend.