TOPEKA, Kan. (WU ATHLETICS) – Washburn built a lead through the middle innings but fell late in its series finale against Missouri Southern, 7-6, on Saturday, March 26 at Falley Field.
Dan Gabler pitched six innings with three runs allowed (all in the first) on five hits, striking out three as he settled down after the opening frame and excited with a lead. Jacob Head got two outs in the seventh before Greg Mason closed the inning but then gave up four runs off three hits in the eighth in the loss, pitching just 0.2 innings. Lance Barkley threw the rest of the game in shutout fashion with two strikeouts.
Kyle Carnahan hit his fifth home run of the season and scored two runs, while David Gauntt, Tanner Triggs and Dan Gabler all had two hits on the day.
MSSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first behind three hits and a walk, but Washburn got a double play to minimize the damage before tying things up in the third.
Payton Soicher led off the inning with a double and took third on a sacrifice bunt. From there, Riley Krane worked a full-count walk after a 10-pitch at-bat before Carnahan took a 1-0 pitch on a line over the left field fence for a three-run blast.
A fielding error in the fourth helped start another WU rally for two runs, as Behymer’s ground ball to shortstop was misplayed as the Ichabods right fielder reached safely. Zane Mapes then ripped his 11th double of the season in ground rule fashion as it skipped over the left field fence to move Behymer to third. An infield single from Soicher loaded the bases with one out and Parker Gibson came through with a single up the middle to push Behymer and Mapes home, putting WU in the lead, 5-3.
WU tacked on one more in the fifth, making it 6-3 off Tanner Triggs’ RBI single into center. Carnahan walked to open the inning before stealing second with one out and moving to third on a flyout. From there, Triggs a 0-2 pitch on the fly into center field as Carnahan dashed home.
MSSU, however, struck back with four runs in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead behind three hits, three walks and a hit by pitch. With two outs in the ninth, Krane doubled to the left field corner to give the Ichabods a chance, but WU couldn’t complete the comeback.
Washburn, which won the series with wins in the first two of the weekend, hits the road next for a midweek game at Fort Hays State on Wednesday, March 30.