Courtesy: Washburn Athletics
TOPEKA, Kan. – No. 27 Washburn Baseball built an early lead but faltered late, dropping a 7-5 contest in 10 innings against Central Oklahoma in the series opener on Thursday, April 28.
WU (29-15, 18-15 MIAA) had 11 hits in the game but were outdone by UCO’s 17 hits and six runs in the final three innings.
Nick Silva started the game, going 5.1 innings with one run allowed and one strikeout. Greg Mason entered in the sixth and threw the next 2.2 frames, allowing one run while striking out four before Lance Barkley entered to throw the ninth. Barkley was tagged for three runs in 0.2 innings, and Jaren Kutzke (2-3) was dealt the loss after giving up two runs in 10th, finishing with 1.1 innings thrown and one strikeout.
Parker Gibson went 3-for-5 to lead the team, scoring one run while moving into second all-time at Washburn in career hits with 227. Gibson is now two shy of tying the school record of 229.
Barkley had two hits and three RBI, racking up a double and a home run on the night while Kyle Carnahan and Bowe Behymer also had two hits.
WU jumped out to a 3-0 run in the third thanks to four hits. Gibson singled up the middle and stole second before coming around to score on Carnahan’s one-out RBI single for the first run of the day. Carnahan stole second in the next at-bat and race home off David Gauntt’s RBI single through the left side, and Gauntt took second on the throw to the plate. Barkley followed with an RBI double to center field, plating Gauntt.
The Ichabods tacked on two more in the fifth, starting when Carnahan singled up the middle with one out. With two outs, Barkley blasted his third home run of the season down the right field line to make it 5-0.
UCO got one back in the sixth, and two innings later cut the deficit to three (5-2) with a run in the eighth. Down to their last chance, UCO broke open for three runs in the ninth to tie it and force extras, and a two-run home run in the top of the 10th was enough for the extra innings victory.
The series continues on Friday, April 29 with game two set for 2 p.m., from Falley Field. The game was shifted from the previous 5 p.m., start time for an earlier first pitch.