Washburn baseball wins again, ESU sweeps doubleheader

Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

TOPEKA, Kan. – After watching an early lead slip away, Washburn Baseball charged back to force extras and win it in walk-off fashion, 7-6, in the bottom of the 11th against Lindenwood on Saturday, April 16.

WU (25-13, 20-8 MIAA) picks up a sweep of the weekend series against the Lions, using 10 hits in the win. Washburn has now won four straight and moved into a tie for second in the MIAA standings.

Jacob Head went 2.1 innings in the start, striking out one with five hits and three runs allowed before Dan Gabler entered in the third and pitched the next 1.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Jaren Kutzke tossed the next 3.1 innings of relief in scoreless fashion, recording five strikeouts. Greg Mason threw the next three complete innings and did not allow a run, giving up just two hits before Josh Ramirez (2-0) won it as he threw the 11th.

Parker Gibson, Riley Krane, Payton Soicher and Zane Mapes all had two hits for the Ichabods as Krane finished with a double, a triple and two RBI. David Gauntt joined Lance Barkley with a hit and an RBI as well, as the Ichabod catcher had the game winning-hit.

Down 1-0 after the top of the first, Washburn struck back with two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. With two outs and Krane on first after reaching on a fielder’s choice, Gauntt was hit by a pitch before Lance Barkley came through with an RBI single through the left side, scoring Krane and pushing Gauntt to third. In the next at-bat, Barkley swiped second base, and as the throw to second went errant, Gauntt dashed home for the second Ichabod run of the day.

After LWU tied things at 2-2 in the second, Washburn regained the lead off a two-RBI triple from Krane. Mapes singled and moved to second on a two-out walk from Gibson before Krane roped a 2-2 pitch into left field, curving away from the outfielder and bouncing into the corner as the bases emptied, making it 4-2.

Leading 4-3 after the top of the third, Washburn saw its lead disappear in the fourth after four consecutive two-out hits for Lindenwood put the Lions ahead, 6-4.

Hustle on the base paths in the sixth helped WU cut the deficit to one (6-5) after Gibson beat out an infield single with a headfirst slide into first and Soicher scored from second, beating a play at the plate. Soicher reached earlier in the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second as Mapes walked.

Soicher started the eighth with a double over the right fielder’s head and dashed to third on a failed pickoff attempt during Mapes’ at-bat. Mapes then sliced a single through the left side past a diving third baseman to plate Soicher and tie things up, 6-all.

Even through 10.5 innings, Washburn won it in the bottom of the 11th in walk-off fashion. With one out, Krane doubled to center field to give WU a chance, and later in the inning (with two gone) Gauntt won it for the Ichabods as his hit down the left field line sailed over the outfielder’s head for an RBI as Krane scored.

Washburn hosts No. 19 Emporia State in game two of its midweek series against the Hornets this Wednesday, April 19 at 5 p.m.

Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics

EMPORIA, Kan. – The #19 Hornets swept the RiverHawks Saturday afternoon to take the series 2-1 and move back into a second place tie in the MIAA standings. Emporia State claimed game one 13-8 and won 18-8 in seven innings in game two.

The Hornets took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, holding the RiverHawks scoreless the first three innings. Evan Koehler doubled down the left field line in the bottom of the first to send Wade Hanna home and take a 1-0 lead. Koehler then advanced to third and scored on back-to-back Northeastern State errors to go up 2-0. Derek Francis had a solo home run for Emporia State to take a 3-0 lead.

The RiverHawks closed the gap 3-1 in the top of the fourth, the Hornets answering with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to keep the lead 5-1. Northeastern State had back-to-back two run innings to tie the game 5-5 going into the bottom of the sixth. Emporia State scattered three runs in the sixth and seventh inning to take a 8-5 lead.

The Hornets had a big eighth inning to seal the deal, getting five runs from four hits to take a 13-5 lead going into the ninth inning. The RiverHawks had three runs in the top of the ninth for the Hornets to take the game 13-8.

Taylor Steen hit two for four with three RBI and a run scored. Ryan McBroom went two for two with two runs scored. BJ Dean and Levi Ashmore each hit two for three, Dean with two RBI and a run scored, Ashmore with a run scored and an RBI. Dalton Wheat hit two for five with two RBI. Koehler and Alex White each hit one for three. Wheat and Francis each had a home run in game one. Garrett Brummett picked up the win allowing four hits and three runs in 3.1 innings pitched and getting seven strike outs.

Emporia State won game two 18-8 in seven innings. After a scoreless first inning, Northeastern State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, adding another two runs in the top of the third to lead 3-0 going into the bottom of the third inning.

The Hornets had five runs in each of the third and fourth innings to take a 10-4 lead, the RiverHawks scoring a run in the top of the fourth. Northeastern State had three runs in the top of the fifth to close the gap 10-7, Emporia State answering with another four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 14-7 lead. The Hornets had a pair of two run innings to run rule the game in the seventh and win 18-8.

Levi Ashmore hit three for five in game two with five RBI, three runs scored and two home runs. Dalton Wheat hit three for four with four RBI and three runs scored. Jonny Hodges, BJ Dean and Evan Koehler each hit two for five, Hodges and Koehler each with two runs scored. Ryan McBroom and Braxon Byfield both hit two for four, McBroom with two runs scored and an RBI and Byfield with one run scored. Daniel LaMunyon hit one for three with three RBI and a home run. Trey Taylor came in in the third inning and picked up the win to improve to 1-0 on the season. He pitched 1.2 innings with one run on two hits.

The #19 Hornets will travel to Washburn on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to continue the Turnpike Tussle. First pitch will be at 5:00 p.m.

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