CLINTON, Iowa - The Ashford baseball team returned to action on Friday night, Apr. 27, when the squad opened its final home set of the season and final as a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference when Waldorf College visited Ashford University Field. The Saints comeback bid in game one fell just short with AU falling 8-6, before the visitors completed the two-game sweep in the nightcap, 3-0.
Ashford found itself trailing 7-0 in the opener before opening their comeback bid with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Second baseman Damil Reyes drove home Gary Mayberry early on in the frame after the center fielder hit a leadoff triple down the left field line.
Then, after senior Mitch Jankowski came in to pinch run for Reyes, Mike Johnson reached on a fielder's choice to score the Brownsburg, Ind.-native to cut the WC lead to five.
Waldorf scored run number eight in the sixth, but the home team rallied for four more runs in the sixth to cut the lead to two, 8-6. Left fielder Eric Nunez drove in R.J. Roberts to open the scoring before Mayberry scored on a wild pitch. Venezuelan Rafael Ordaz then drove home a pair of runs with a two-out to complete the AU scoring.
However, AU would fail to capitalize in the seventh, falling 8-6.
Starting pitcher Ian Hamilton fell to 3-3 this season after tossing the first four innings for Ashford. The junior lefty allowed seven hits and the first five Waldorf runs while fanning nine. Six of the nine strikeouts came as he sat down the side in each of the first two innings.
In game two, the Saints' offense went silent as it notched just four hits in the game to lose by a 3-0 margin.
Sophomore Pat Macaione pitched well but gave up six hits and all three runs, two of which were earned, while striking out six.
Ordaz paced the AU offense in the twinbill by going three-of-six at the dish and driving home the pair of aforementioned runs.
Ashford now stands at 20-32 overall and 8-15 in MCC action.
The Saints and Warriors close out regular season play Saturday morning with a single, nine-inning showdown. The first pitch is slated for 11 a.m.