Ashland University track & field puts on a show at home invite

The following is a roundup of recent happenings in Ashland University sports.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Ashland’s men and women had some impressive performances during the final day of the Ashland Alumni Open on April 30.

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AU athletes turned into five improved and one new provisional mark for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.

The men’s 4×100 relay of Aaron Banks, Doniven Jackson, Channing Phillips and Keshun Jones finished first with a facility and school record time of 39.65 seconds while improving upon a previous provo. The quartet was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Runners of the Week on May 2.

More improved provos were turned in by Phillips in winning the 400 (47.00), Banks in winning the 100 (10.51, facility record), Noah Koch in the men’s shot put elite (fourth, 17.20 meters/56-feet-5¼) and Sarah Masuoka in the women’s pole vault (fifth, 3.88/12-8¾). The new provo came from Travis Moore in the preliminaries of the men’s 110 hurdles (14.39).

Other first-place finishers for Ashland were Caden Morris in the men’s long jump (7.13/23-4¾), Jones in the 200 (21.53), Nate Stout in the men’s discus (45.74/150-0) and Ethan Tabor in the men’s triple jump (13.61/44-8).

Ashland hammer throwers Kelsey Kinsley and Brent Fairbanks improved their provisional marks for nationals during the first day of the Ashland Alumni Open on April 29.

Kinsley finished third in the women’s event with a toss of 57.04/187-1, while Fairbanks placed sixth in the men’s event with a heave of 61.82/202-10. He was named G-MAC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week on May 2.

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BASEBALL

Ashland completed a four-game home sweep of G-MAC foe Findlay with an 8-7 win on May 1 at Tomassi Stadium and Donges Field.

Austin Eifrid (home run, three RBIs), Tim Zeller, Logan Moss (home run, two RBIs) and Sebastian Fabik (double, two runs scored) each had two hits to lead the Eagles (29-15, 20-8).

Joel Ciccarelli (5-0) earned the win in relief. Perry Bewley, who was named G-MAC Pitcher of the Week on May 2, closed the door for his seventh save.

On April 30, AU picked up 5-4 and 14-2 wins over the Oilers.

Eifrid broke the program record for career hits during the doubleheader. His 269 career hits moved him past Jacob Petkac (268) and into the top spot in the century of Ashland baseball.

Micah Allen led the way in the first game with three hits, while Seth Schroeder and Brady Cottom both had two hits. Bewley earned the win in relief.

In the second game, Allen went 3 for 3 with two homers, five RBIs and two runs scored. Devin Hukill added a homer and four RBIs, while Dillan Smith chipped in a homer and three RBIs.

Jacob Harsany tossed six innings with five strikeouts to earn the win.

On April 29, Ashland defeated Findlay 3-2.

Josh Meyer (5-2) earned the win, allowing two unearned runs in 6⅓ innings. Bewley picked up the save by tossing a perfect ninth inning.

Zeller led the offense with a two-run double.

The Eagles lost a 10-8 nonleague decision to visit Mercyhurst on April 26.

Ian Sanders paced AU with two doubles and four RBIs. Schroeder added three hits (triple) and scored two runs, while Cottom drove in two runs.

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SOFTBALL

Ashland finished the season with a G-MAC doubleheader split at Walsh, losing 8-0 in six innings and winning 10-2.

Jamie Rutherford went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs to lead AU (12-23, 6-16) in the second game. Kaitlyn Carney (two RBIs) and Alexis Lavdis both added two hits.

Hannah Fricke (4-5) struck out two over seven innings to earn the win.

On April 29, the Eagles won 2-1 and 6-5 at Malone in G-MAC play.

Hailey Struckman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI in the first game, while Josie Duncan (8-17) struck out five in a complete-game victory.

Jordyn Severns (three hits, two runs scored), Struckman (two RBIs), Duncan (three hits) and Carney (three hits) led the way in the second game.

Fricke struck out four in 6⅓ innings to earn the win, while Duncan got the last two outs for her first save of the season.

On April 27, Ashland fell 10-0 and 9-4 to Trevecca Nazarene in G-MAC action at Brookside Park.

Mollie Pentz paced AU with two hits (triple) in the second game, while Struckman had a solo home run.

On April 26, Ashland lost 9-5 and won 5-3 to earn a G-MAC doubleheader split with visiting Cedarville.

Maddy Burdette slashed two hits (double), knocked in two runs and scored twice to lead the Eagles in the first game.

In the second game, Rutherford and Struckman (home run) paced Ashland with two RBIs each. Fricke struck out five in seven innings to earn the win.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Ashland ended the regular season with a 22-6 loss to Walsh in G-MAC action on May 1 at Ferguson Field.

Natalie Sonntag led AU with three goals, while Cassady Becker added two goals and an assist. Goalie Jillian Rekulak finished with 10 saves.

The Eagles will play their first conference tournament game in program history at 3 pm Thursday against Findlay at Walsh’s Larry Staudt Field.

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