Courtesy: Washburn Athletics
EMPORIA, Kan. — Washburn scored eight runs in the late innings to come from behind and defeat No. 19/20 Emporia State on the road, 11-8.
Washburn (22-13, 17-8 MIAA) outhit the Hornets, 12-10, and had seven extra base efforts (four doubles and three home runs). Washburn remains tied for third in the MIAA standings with the win as the regular season enters the final four weekends of play.
Maustin Otterstatter started the game and threw 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on six hits with two strikeouts before Jaren Kutzke entered to throw the next 1.2 frames. Kutzke struck out two and gave up two hits on the mound.
Greg Mason (2-2) picked up the win with three innings pitched as the senior struck out three and gave up two runs on a pair of hits. Lance Barkley earned his fourth save of the season with a perfect ninth, ending the game with a strikeout.
Riley Krane was 4-for-5 on the day with five RBI, picking up two doubles and scoring two runs himself. Lance Barkley (two RBI) and Parker Gibson each had two hits for the Ichabods as Barkley, Kyle Carnahan (two RBI) and Tanner Triggs each had home runs on the day.
Bowe Behymer singled on the first pitch of the second inning and moved to second on a groundout. From there, Mapes ripped his 13th double of the season to score Behymer and give Washburn an early lead. That advantage was extended two batters later, as Krane singled to left field for an RBI, putting WU ahead, 2-0, after Mapes scored.
ESU struck back with three in the bottom of the third, however, to take a one-run lead (6-3) and with one out in the sixth a solo home run put the Hornets ahead, 7-3.
Washburn, however, answered with four runs in the top of the seventh behind three home runs. With one out, Krane singled down the left line before Carnahan hit home run No. 10 for the season in two-run fashion, cutting it to two (7-5). After another Ichabod out, Barkley and Triggs hit back-to-back round trippers for Washburn as the Ichabods tied it, 7-all.
In the next inning, Washburn tacked on four more to regain the lead, 11-7. Payton Soicher was hit by a pitch to start the inning and after a fielder’s choice saw Mapes reach safely, both runners moved into scoring position off an ESU balk. Parker Gibson’s infield single loaded the bases before Krane came through with a three-run double into left center, emptying the bases on the first pitch he saw. Later in the inning with two out and Krane on third, Barkley’s single into right plated Krane for the final Washburn run of the day.
ESU started the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run to cut it to three (11-8), but Washburn shut the ranked Hornets down the rest of the way for the road win.
Washburn takes a 1-0 lead in the midweek series between the schools with the win. Game two is set for next Tuesday, April 19.
Prior to the second game of the series, Washburn returns to Falley Field this weekend, April 14-16 for a three-game series with Lindenwood. First pitch on Thursday, April 14 is set for 5 p.m.