CANTON, Mo. – Mother Nature has been less than kind to the Ashford University baseball team as of late, as snow and unplayable field conditions wiped out the team’s last six scheduled games. But Sunday the Saints were able to get out on the diamond at Lincoln Field for a pair of games against the Wildcats of Culver-Stockton College.
Junior Tanner Courtney recorded six hits on Sunday and Lawrence Herron drove in a pair of runs to lead the Saints, but Ashford’s winless slide reached eight games after a 5-3 loss in game one and a 3-2 defeat in 11 innings in game two.
With the losses, Ashford drops to 4-10-1 on the season.
Culver-Stockton 5, Ashford 3: After two innings of scoreless ball, the Saints grabbed the lead in the top half of the third inning when Kalamazoo, Mich.-native Herron brought home Cam Bortell on an RBI ground out. One batter later, Courtney made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single up the middle that brought John Caravia across the dish.
Courtney would come home later in the inning, swiping home on a double-steal that saw Patrick Pinlac advance to second.
The Wildcats would answer with a three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning and took the lead for good in the fourth on a Jake Hillier RBI single and Jacob Angelo coming in to score on a wild pitch.
Ashford put runners on the second and third with one out in the seventh, but the game came to an end when RJ Roberts grounded out to third and Herron was thrown out trying to score.
Jimmy Six (1-2) took the loss for the Saints, scattering nine hits and striking out four in a complete game.
Culver Stockton 3, Ashford 2 (11 innings): Just as they had done in the first game, Ashford plated the first run of the game in the third inning when Herron brought Pinlac home from second with a single to right field. The Saints were threatening again in the fourth, but left three of the team’s 13 runners on base when Caravia grounded out to end the inning.