Finishing off its 2017 doubleheader schedule on Sunday (April 30) afternoon at Donges Field, Ashland University's baseball team improved its winning streak to five games after 10-4 and 16-7 wins over Lake Erie on Senior Day.
The Eagles are 19-29 overall and 11-20 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while the Storm are 10-34, 3-25. Ashland has scored double-digit runs in each of the games in the current winning streak.
In Game 1, the Eagles continued the recent pattern of scoring multiple runs in bunches, posting eight runs in Innings 4-6.
Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the fourth, Ashland scored three times to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Freshman right fielder Vince Vanata singled to score two runs, then scored on a Storm error.
The Eagles' offensive highlight in the late innings was a two-run home run from freshman infielder Kevin Browne.
Vanata was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while senior center fielder Carsten Dembeck, freshman designated hitter Alex Laikos, junior left fielder Greg Ludwig and senior shortstop Brad Hartman each had two of AU's 13 hits.
Junior right-hander Luke Smith threw four innings of quality relief (four hits, no earned runs, one walk and one strikeout) to improve to 3-4.
In the nightcap, Ashland kept the offensive roll going, scoring five runs in the fourth, three in the sixth, four in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Of the Eagles' season-high 22 hits, three each were collected by Hartman, Ludwig and junior right fielder Connor Barleben, and two each were picked up by Dembeck, freshman first baseman Carson Mittermaier, Browne and freshman catcher Logan Stoldt.
Junior lefty Derek Baker (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing two hits and a run in two innings.
UP NEXT: A nine-inning home makeup game with Ohio Dominican at a time to be determined on either Wednesday (May 3) or Thursday (May 4).