The Ashland University baseball team overcame 8-3 and 10-8 deficits, but ultimately lost a 12-10 slugfest at Ohio Dominican on Wednesday (April 25) afternoon in Columbus.
During the game, it was announced that Ohio Dominican (28-10) was No. 4 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings, while the Eagles (26-13) held down the No. 5 spot.
The Panthers, who racked up 18 hits in the game, got those runs back in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Michael Rogers cut the margin to 6-3 in the fourth with a sac fly, but Max Banke's two-run base hit push ODU's lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Littrell's two-run triple in the sixth tied the game at 8, but Cody Paterniti's two-run homer for the Panthers pushed the home team back ahead 10-8.
In the eighth, Mittermaier and senior Connor Barleben each hit sac flies to again tie the game at 10. The Panthers, though, scored twice in their last at-bat in the eighth with the go-ahead run scoring on a wild pitch.
Sophomore Vince Vanata drew a lead-off walk in the top of the ninth, but was stranded on base to end the game.
Littrell led the Ashland offense by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBI. Mittermaier drove in four runs. Eight of the Panthers' nine starters had at least two hits.
Tim Zeller (4-0) earned the win for Ohio Dominican, despite giving up two runs in one relief inning. Sophomore Chance Hitchcock was charged with a loss, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings of work.
The Eagles return to the field on Thursday (April 26) as they open a four-game series at Davenport at 5 p.m.