St. Ambrose scored in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday to compete a doubleheader sweep against Ashford in Midwest Collegiate Conference baseball.
The Saints, who lost the opener 6-2, had forced extra innings in the second game by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning, but the Bees pulled out the 9-8 win at Modern Woodmen Park.
Ashford (12-21, 4-6 MCC) appeared to be in good shape to earn a split when it scored four runs in the top of the second inning to take a 4-2 lead in the second game.
Eric Nunez reached on an error to bring around Ryan Fraley to open the scoring before a dropped fly ball by the St. Ambrose left fielder allowed Mike Johnson, Nunez and Rafael Ordaz to cross the plate, giving the Saints four runs, all of which were unearned.
But St. Ambrose (14-16, 6-1) came right back and tied the game in the bottom of the second before taking a 6-4 lead with two runs in the bottom half of the third inning.
Trailing 7-4 entering the top of the sixth, Ashford notched a pair of runs to pull back within one, 7-6.
Michael Caravia reached on error to score Johnson from third before the next batter, Damil Reyes, singled to left field, which allowed courtesy runner Joe Dashek to score, making it a one-run game.
The home team scratched across a run in the bottom half of the inning before Ashford scored two runs in the seventh to tie it and force extra innings. A bases-loaded walk to center fielder Gary Mayberry scored the first run. Caravia followed with a single that brought home Johnson for the third time in the game to tie the contest, 8-8.
Ashford got out of a jam in the eighth after the Bees put runners on second and third, but the Bees pulled it out in the 10th.
Jonathan Golden walked with one out and scored on a double to right-center by Tyler Gilles to score the winning run.
Reliever Chris Stout was saddled with the loss for Ashford. He threw 3 1⁄3 innings of three-hit baseball. Stout struck out five and walked two in relief of senior Tim Elias. Zach Rohlf (4-1) earned the win for the Bees, pitching the final 4 1⁄3 innings.
St. Ambrose pitching silenced the Saints in the first game after Ashford scored twice in the top of the first. Brandon Duplessis pitched a complete game to pick up his first win in six decisions. He allowed nine hits, but walked none and struck out seven.
Ordaz opened the scoring when he singled to right field to bring home Caravia. One batter later, left fielder Nunez reached on a throwing error to score Fraley from third.
St. Ambrose scored a pair of runs in the first, three in the fourth and one more in the sixth to take the opener by a final of 6-2. Matt Rosenberger, who led off the fourth with a walk and stole second and third, scored the go-ahead run on a single by Sam Parsons. Golden added a sacrifice fly in the inning and Parsons scored the third run on a wild pitch.
Junior Ian Hamilton took the loss for Ashford, allowing six hits and five runs in four innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked two while seeing his record fall to 1-1 this season.
Ordaz led the Ashford offensive attack in the doubleheader by tallying four hits in five plate appearances. Johnson went 3-of-6, while Fraley and Reyes each had three hits. Alex Behling led the Bees with five hits in six at-bats. He hit a two-run homer and two doubles in the second game.
Ashford continues this extended 15-game road trip Saturday when the team visits Des Moines for a three-game weekend set against Grand View. The first pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is at 1 p.m.