EMPORIA, Kan. – Brett Ash and Taylor Gentry each went the full seven innings and gave up just one run each as Washburn swept Emporia State 10-1 in the opener and 5-1 in the second game Saturday afternoon in Emporia.
The wins gave Washburn (16-13, 16-11 MIAA) three straight victories over the Hornets and guaranteed a win in the four-game series. The Ichabods will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m. at Falley Field.
Ash gave up just four hits and an unearned run in the opener. He struck out eight with three walks as he won his third straight game and improved to 3-1. He lowered his season ERA to 0.88 as he’s allowed just three earned runs this year in 30 2/3 innings.
Ash gave up singles in the third and fourth but stranded the runners. In the fifth he walked the leadoff batter and the next batter reached on an error. Ash got out of that inning without allowing the Hornets past second.
The Ichabods broke open the pitcher’s dual with three runs in the fifth off four hits and then they scored seven times in the sixth off three hits, three hit batters and two walks. Dakota Kell opened scoring in the fifth with an RBI single and then he and David Gauntt scored on a two-run single from Tanner Johnson. Parker Gibson had a two-run single in the sixth and Connor Crimmins cleared all three base runners with a double down the left field line to end scoring in the sixth.
The Hornets broke the shutout with a run off an error in the sixth but Ash got out of the inning leaving two runners on base. He retired ESU in order in the seventh with two straight strikeouts to end the game.
Gentry improved to 4-1 with his win in the second game. He gave up four hits as well and struck out six with one walk.
His offense got him all five runs in the first three innings. Taylor Herrington led off the game with a walk and later scored on a balk and then Kyle Carnahan drove in Gauntt that inning with an double to center. Dylan Turpin doubled in the second inning and then scored on a hit from Herrington. Washburn got two more runs in the third on an infield hit from John Stoothoff that scored Riley Price and an RBI single from Turpin.
The Hornets got their run in the fourth when Dean Long led off getting hit by a pitch and then he later scored on a single to left field.
The Ichabods had 18 hits in the doubleheader while ESU had eight.
Washburn has now won five straight MIAA games at Emporia State dating back to 2012 with the last four coming in doubleheader sweeps.