DES MOINES – Ashford wrapped up the regular season in baseball Sunday afternoon by splitting a pair of nine-inning games with AIB College of Business.
A pair of eighth-innings runs gave the Saints a 4-2 win in Game 1. In Game 2, the Saints were unable to hold a 6-2 lead as the Eagles rallied for a 7-6 victory to pick up the split.
Riki Vasquez and John Caravia each drove in a pair of runs and collected three hits on the day. Junior Dylan Kester also brought home a pair of runs for the Saints (22-21), including the go-ahead RBI in game one.
The Saints loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth of the opener, setting the stage for Kester to put his team in front for good. The Davenport native came through with a two-run single to put the Saints on top.
Pat Macaione (3-4) picked up the win in relief, tossing three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts after Jim Miller worked the first six innings.
After the two teams combined for only one baserunner in the first three innings, the Saints got on the board first with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Tanner Courtney led off the inning with a double and came home later in the inning on Lucas Pattison’s sacrifice fly. Two batters later, Tyler Davis made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single, plating Jean Carlos Peralta.
Miller allowed only one hit through the first five innings but ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing the Eagles to even up the game with two runs.
Ashford had a chance for the sweep as it built a four-run lead in Game 2.
R.J. Roberts put the Saints in front with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, and Vasquez made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the second. Caravia added a run-scoring single in the fourth to extend the lead to three, but the Eagles answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Back-to-back RBI singles from Vasquez and Caravia made it 5-2 in the top of the sixth. Later in the inning Vasquez scored with Courtney held up in a rundown.
But the Ashford bullpen was unable to hold the lead, surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth as the Eagles (22-23) battled back to pick up the split.
Collin Powers (2-6) took the loss for the Saints after allowing three runs in the eighth inning. Kevin Delzell tossed six innings of four-hit ball with eight strikeouts.
The Saints turn their attention to the A.I.I. Championship in Lawrenceville, Georgia, starting Saturday.