Ichabods win twice in walk-off fashion

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Ichabods came from behind with three runs in the bottom of the ninth in the opener against Southwest Baptist and then broke a tie in the bottom of the seventh as they swept the Bearcats Sunday at Falley Field.

Washburn won the opener, an MIAA game, 9-8 and took the second game, a non-conference game, 3-2. The Ichabods improved to 9-26 overall and 8-25 in the MIAA as they swept a doubleheader for the first time this year. They’ll continue action Saturday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader at Central Oklahoma.

Washburn trailed 8-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth of game one. Taylor Herrington and Tyler Bailey led things off with pinch hit singles and Corey Gragg drove in Herrington with a single as Bailey moved to third on an outfield error. Parker Gibson‘s sacrifice bunt to the right side of the infield scored Bailey to tie the game and moved Gragg into scoring position. Kyle Carnahan then drove the first pitch he saw to left field for a game-winning double.

In the second game, Washburn starter Connor Brady gave up a game-tying home run in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of inning, Parker Gibson walked and then stole second base. Kyle Carnahan moved him to third with a single and he scored the winner on a single to right by Riley Price.

Making his first career start, Brady went all seven innings in the second game and struck out a career-high 11 batters. That total tied for sixth in school single-game history and it was the first time an Ichabod struck out at least 10 batters since Zach Engelken fanned 10 on April 4, 2008 against Pittsburg State.

Brady gave up the solo shot in the seventh and an unearned run in the third. He allowed four hits and walked none.

Washburn also got a big strikeout performance from Brad Alberts in the first game as he struck out nine through 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and earned no decision. Greg Mason took his place in the seventh and closed out the game to get his first win of the year (1-2).

After getting shut out twice on Saturday by SBU, Washburn ended 19 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings with four runs in the fourth of the first game. Matt Jackson drove in the first run on a grounder and then Gibson, Carnahan and Connor Crimmins each drove in runs with singles.

Washburn added two more in the fifth on singles from Gragg and Gibson.

Gibson ended the game 2 for 4 with three RBI and Gragg was 3 for 4 with two driven in. The Ichabods ended with 16 hits while SBU (16-21, 14-15) had 13.

Each team managed just four hits in the second game. SBU scored first in the top of the third and Washburn took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Price drove in a run with and infield single and Brad Alberts groundout drove in Carnahan.

Braddy struck out the side in the sixth and struck out two batters in each of the fifth and seventh innings.

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