Jake Sheley
Jake Sheley
Baseball - Tue, May 16, 2017

St. Ambrose saw its 2017 season come to an end with a pair of losses at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Bartlesville, Okla.

The Bees fell to Midland 10-4 Monday before ending the year with a 12-2 loss to Bryan (Tenn.) Tuesday.

After taking early leads in both games, SAU was undone by home runs, giving up three in the opener and five more in the second game.

Kevin Zanger gave St. Ambrose a 1-0 lead in the first. He singled and advanced to third on Mike Miller's base hit. Miller stole second and Zanger came in to score on a throwing error from the Midland catcher.

Midland tied the game in the second and took a 2-1 lead in the third. The Bees stayed within a run into the sixth, when the Warriors scored six times, capped by back-to-back home runs, to open up an 8-1 lead.

Matt Baldwin hit a two-run homer in the seventh to get SAU to within 8-3, but Midland answered with a two-run shot of its own in the eighth to restore a 10-3 advantage.

David Gonzalez drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to end the scoring.

Jake Sheley was tagged with the loss.

Zanger, Miller and Zach Hart each collected two hits.

With their backs against the wall in an elimination game, Hart helped the Bees to an early lead Tuesday against Bryan when he led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a Zanger ground out and scored on Miller's RBI ground out.

But like Monday's loss, the lead lasted only until the next half-inning. Bryan tied the game in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead in the second. 

The Lions finished with 16 hits, including the five home runs, and scored in seven of their eight innings to slowly pull away. Hart brought in Tommy Goodale with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to account for the Bees' final run.

Miller picked up his second multi-hit game in as many days after going 2-for-4.

Jake McCabe took the loss.

SAU ends the year 28-25 and champions of the CCAC Tournament.