TOPEKA, Kan. – The Ichabods combined for seven runs in the first innings of a doubleheader sweep over Northwest Missouri Saturday afternoon at Falley Field. Brett Ash moved to third in career wins and strikeouts as he won the opener, 7-5, and then the Ichabods took the second game, 12-8.
Washburn improved to 13-12 overall and 13-10 in the MIAA while the Bearcats dropped to 15-13 and 10-10. The two will wrap up the four-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ash struck out five Bearcats in the opener to move to third in career strikeouts at Washburn, now with 172. He also moved to a tie for third with his 19th career win and he’s all alone in first with 22 career complete games.
Ash walked and hit a batter in the top of the first but pitched out of that. The Bearcats didn’t get on the board until they scored a single run in the fourth and then they scored four unearned runs off Ash in the seventh after an error started the inning.
Ash allowed five hits but just one of the five runs were earned. He improved to 2-1 this year.
A two-run single from Kyle Carnahan capped a three-run first inning for Washburn in the second game. The Ichabods added two more in the second and three in the third to lead 8-3. The Bearcats later scored four runs in the top of the fifth to cut Washburn’s lead to 9-8 but the Ichabods scored three times in the sixth for insurance.
Taylor Gentry (3-1) earned the win for Washburn as he allowed six runs, all earned, off five hits through the first four innings. He struck out four and walked three. Maustin Otterstatter finished the game to earn his first save of the year. He allowed just one earned run and four hits over three innings.