Washburn & ESU baseball both win, sets up Turnpike Tussle on Friday

In the opening round of the 2016 MIAA baseball tournament, the Washburn Ichabods beat Northeastern State 8-4, and the Emporia State Hornets beat Central Oklahoma 10-3 on Thursday.

Washburn and Emporia State will now play each other for the fourth time this season (Ichabods lead series 2-1) on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the second round of the MIAA Tournament in St. Charles, Missouri.

Game Recaps:
Courtesy: Washburn Athletics

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Third-seeded Washburn Baseball put together a comeback 8-4 victory over No. 6 seed Northeastern State to open MIAA Tournament play on Friday, May 12.

Nick Silva (9-0) went 6.1 innings in the win, allowing four runs on 14 hits with four strikeouts. Silva exited in the seventh to give way to Greg Mason, who tossed 2.2 innings of shutout ball with a pair of strikeouts to wrap up the game.

David Gauntt led the Ichabod offense, going 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and three runs scored. Kyle Carnahan went 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI and Bowe Behymer had a double and an RBI. Zane Mapes added two RBI with a single in the ninth.

Trailing 3-0 after one and a half innings played, Gauntt opened the second with a blast over the left field pitch on the first pitch of the inning. Lance Barkley drew a walk in the next at bat, moving to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout.

Behymer picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly, hitting a ball deep enough to right to score Barkley and cut to deficit to one (3-2).

NSU got one back in the third, but WU again answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to stay within one. Mapes was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot, moving to third after a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error. Later in the inning, Carnahan flew out to center field and Mapes scampered home for WU’s third run of the day.

Heads-up base running in the fifth helped WU capitalize on an error and take the lead. With two outs, Carnahan and Gauntt had back-to-back singles, and a chopper from Barkley was hurried by NSU’s third baseman and an errant throw skipped into right field foul territory, allowing Carnahan and Gauntt to race home and give WU the lead, 5-4.

Facing bases loaded with one out in the top of the sixth, Silva induced a ground ball to shortstop where Riley Krane started an inning-ending double play to get out of a jam and hold the lead. NSU continued to threaten the remainder of the game, but WU’s defense and pitching staff held strong and WU added three insurance runs in the eighth.

Gauntt walked on a full-count in the first at-bat of the inning, and a sacrifice bunt pushed him to second. With one out, Triggs lifted an RBI single into left field, landing close to the line as Gauntt came home to make it 6-4. From there, Cole Gardner pinch ran for Triggs and stole second and Behymer walked before a flyout put runners on the corners.

Behymer stole second to move into scoring position and Mapes came through in the clutch, ripping a 2-2 pitch into left center to plate both Ichabods and give WU a 8-4 advantage.

Washburn advances to the second round on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m., and will take on the winner between No. 2 seed Emporia State and No. 7 Northwest Missouri. Live stats for that game and updates on the entire MIAA Tournament are available here.

Courtesy: MIAA

St. Charles, Mo. – Second seeded Emporia State got 12 hits as they knocked off seventh seeded Central Oklahoma 10-3 in the opening round of the MIAA Baseball Tournament.

Central Oklahoma got the scoring started in the top of the first as Jacob Borrego singled following a Jake Dyer triple to take a 1-0 lead.

Emporia State answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs starting with a bases loaded walk by Wade Hanna. Daniel LaMunyon would then double to right field driving in Evan Koehler and Tucker Perkins. They would stretch the lead to 4-1 with a double from Wade Hanna plating Perkins.

Dalton Wheat would add another run for the Hornets with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-1 lead. LaMunyon would plate a sixth run for ESU in the bottom of the eighth inning as he tripled to left center scoring Levi Ashmore. He would then come around to score a Taylor Steen singled to left center.

The Hornets were not done in that inning as Evan Koehler used a sacrifice fly to plate Dalton Wheat. Ryan McBroom then added on as he singled to drive in B.J. Dean and make it a 9-2 lead. They would then push the lead to 10-2 as Wade Hanna singled to drive in Tanner Cairns.

UCO got a run back in the top of the ninth as T.J. Sparr homered down the left field line.

For the Hornets Perkins went three for three and scored twice while LaMunyon finished two for five with three RBI and Hanna was two for four with three driven in. For the Bronchos Dyer, Borrego and Trae Smith all went two for four on the afternoon.

On the mound Tyler Stubblefield threw a complete game allowing three earned runs on nine hits and striking out nine.

Emporia State will face second seeded Washburn tomorrow at 4 p.m. and Central Oklahoma will face sixth seeded Northeastern State at 9 a.m. form Lou Brock Sports Complex in St. Charles, Mo.

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