WU struggles at UCM

From the ashes Junior pitcher Brett Ash has compiled a 4-4 record this season with an ERA of 3.32. Last season, Ash had a 3.99 ERA with a 7-5 record.

From the ashes Junior pitcher Brett Ash has compiled a 4-4 record this season with an ERA of 3.32. Last season, Ash had a 3.99 ERA with a 7-5 record.

Michael Vander Linden / Washburn Review

Fighting to maintain their goal of having a .500 or better record, the Ichabod baseball team is fighting every game to keep pushing their record. With a 20-19 record, every win is crucial to helping their post season hopes.

Two weeks ago, Washburn hosted Lincoln University in a four game series. Day one saw the Bods roll to two easy victories with an 18-6 and 9-0 win.

Kerry Schachenmeyer pitched the first game and picked up the win after going six innings and only giving up five runs. Trent Speaker in only his second start for Washburn pitched the shutout only allowing four hits and striking out five.

Obviously, the big factor to the wins was the 27 runs scored during the day. The first game saw the Bods tie for the most runs scored in a game since 2008.

Connor Crimmins played a big role in bringing in the runs. On the day, Crimmins had seven at bats and hit five of those times. This brought in four different runners at different parts of the game and helped carry the offensive momentum.

The next day, Head Coach Steve Anson set a milestone of his own, achieving 800 wins as a baseball coach. With a 33-year career, all at Washburn, it was a great moment Anson was able to have.

“It’s not only my achievement, but every guy that walked onto this field to play,” said Anson. “I guess when you fill out a lineup card that many times, you’re going to win games.”

The 800 win came off of a 2-1 victory in extra innings. However, the day was not able to be closed out, as the Bods dropped the second game 3-6.

After winning three out of four against Lincoln, they headed to Warrensburg to take on Central Missouri. With a 31-7 record coming in, the Bods knew it would be no easy task to take the series.

Unfortunately, Washburn was unable to get any wins during the weekend as they dropped all four games, 2-8, 0-6, 1-5, and 5-6.

It looked like the Men in Blue would be able to squeak out the last game, but the Mules were able to take advantage in the bottom of the last inning and take the win.

The Washburn Ichabods have ten more games on the season as they look to snap their losing streak and go on a winning streak to finish them off.

The Ichabods return home May 5 for a doubleheader with Emporia State. Game one begins at 3 p.m. and game two begins at 5 p.m.