Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics
EMPORIA, Kan. – Emporia State pounded out 16 hits on the way to a 13-3 run rule win in eight innings over #27 Washburn on Wednesday at the Trusler Sports Complex. With the win the Hornets clinched a spot in the MIAA Tournament.
The Hornets got on the board in the second inning on a two run home run by Wade Hanna before taking control with a five run third inning. Ryan McBroom reached on an error to start the third. Jonny Hodges and Dalton Wheat both reached on bunt singles to load the bases. Daniel LaMunyon beat out a high chopper to third to plate McBroom before Derek Francis hit a two run single up the middle. Evan Koehler blooped a single to right to make it 6-0 and chase Ichabod starter Maustin Otterstatter. Reliever Zach Linquist walked Hanna on four straight pitches to load the bases. Levi Ashmore then hit a grounder up the middle that deflected off Linquist to start a 1-6-4-3 double play that scored Francis.
Emporia State added four more runs in the fouth inning to go up 11-0. Francis got an RBI double and scored on Koehler’s MIAA leading 19th home run of the season, a no doubt shot to straight away center field. Hanna followed with a double to right center and would score when Ashmore reached on a throwing error.
That was more than enough run support for Garrett Brummett. Making his first start since the season opener, he went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits with eight strike outs. He had 5.1 shutout innings with just two hits before giving up back to back doubles to Riley Krane and Kyle Carnahan with one out in the sixth. After Brummett recorded his eighth strike out, Lance Barkley hit a grounder up the middle and beat out Ashmore’s throw from deep behind second base that scored Carnahan. Tanner Triggs then hit a chopper over Koehler at first and Nathan Whitcomb came on in relief to get the final out of the inning on a fielder’s choice.
The Ichabods got three straight singles and a hit batter with two outs in the top of the seventh to make it 11-3. Trey Taylor came in with bases loaded and got a strike out to end the inning and the Washburn threat. LaMunyon, pinch hitter Tucker Perkins and Koehler each hit singles to open the bottom of the eighth for the Hornets. With one out Ashmore singled through the left side to plate LaMunyon and Braxon Byfield was hit by a pitch give the Hornets the 13-3 walk-off run rule win.
Koehler went three for three with three RBI, two runs, a home run and two walks. His 19 home runs ties him with Tod Schulz (1986) for fourth on the Emporia State single season list and his 33 career homers has him tied with Scott Smith (2004-05) for third on the Hornets career list. He has now reached base in seven straight plate appearances with three singles, two walks, a home run and hit by pitch.
Francis was two for four with three RBI, two runs scored and a double while LaMunyon went two for five with three runs score and an RBI. Hanna extended his hitting streak to 15 games, going two for four with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs.
Brummett pitched 5.2 to improve to 5-2 on the year, striking out eight while giving up just two runs and scattering six hits. Whitcomb allowed one run on three hits in 1.0 inning while Taylor threw 1.1 shut out innings with one hit and two strikeouts.
The Hornets will travel to Maryville, Mo. on Thursday to start a two day, three game series with Northwest Missouri. First pitch of the single game on Thursday is set for 3:00 p.m. at Bearcat Field.