Ashland University's baseball team got the delayed four-game series at Ohio Dominican off on the right foot on Sunday (March 29), winning 5-4 and 5-1 decisions.
The Eagles, ranked No. 24 in Division II, improve to 15-7 overall and 4-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ashland also has an early-season-best 2-0 mark within the GLIAC South Division.
The Panthers are 10-8, 2-4.
Game 1 saw junior pitcher Jake Baldwin improve to 4-0 after a complete-game six-hitter. He struck out five, walked one and allowed four runs (three earned). Of AU's eight hits, two each came from junior third baseman Blake Bellman (2-for-4, three RBIs) and sophomore catcher Adam Vasil (2-for-3).
In the nightcap, sophomore pitcher Brandyn Sittinger moved to 2-0 after giving up just five hits, a run and five walks in eight innings. He struck out five. Sophomore pitcher Cory Teachout pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
The Eagles and Panthers will complete their four-game set with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Monday (March 30) in Columbus.