LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Ashford baseball team was denied a chance for a three-game weekend sweep of Viterbo, dropping a 4-3 decision to the V-Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Ashford (16-16) managed only four hits against V-Hawk pitching over the nine-inning contest. The win was Viterbo’s seventh in 30 games and came after the Saints won 4-2 and 11-4 on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 on Sunday, Ashford responded with three runs on four hits in the top of the fourth to take the lead, with Jean Carlos Peralta scoring on an error and R.J. Roberts driving in two with abases-loaded on a single up the middle.
But the Saints went hitless and had only one baserunner the rest of the way.
Ashford used a pair of quality pitching performances and an offensive breakout in Game 2 to win twice Saturday afternoon at Copeland Park.
The Saints, who scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning, broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth when junior Lucas Pattison doubled to deep left-center field to score Jean Carlos Peralta from first base.
One inning later, Ashford doubled its lead when Emmanuel Frias doubled into the left-center gap to score Roberts from second.
In Game 2, the Saints tagged V-Hawk pitching for 11 hits on their way to the 11-4 win.
Ashford broke through for four runs on six hits in the third inning. The Saints got four straight run-scoring hits from the top of the lineup as Dylan Kester, Peralta, Pattison and Luis Estevez put the Saints in front.
Pattison’s RBI single and Roberts’ second sacrifice fly of the day gave Ashford a 6-1 lead after five innings.
Ashford put the game out of reach with five runs in the seventh. Frias, John Caravia and Peralta drove home runs in the inning, and Ashford took advantage of a pair of V-Hawk errors to stretch the lead to 11-2.
Kevin Delzell (6-4) won his sixth straight decision after allowing seven hits and striking out four in six innings.
The Saints return to the friendly confines of Ashford University Field on Tuesday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Lincoln Christian University.