Washburn baseball not advancing to post-season, end season at 21-23

End of the line The Washburn Ichabods’ season came to a close after being swept last weekend by Northwest Missouri.

Ben Fitch

The Ichabods will not be advancing to the MIAA post-season tournament.

The team faced Emporia State last week in two double-headers. They were swept in the away games on April 25 and split the next day. Before the second double header, coach Steve Anson said he wanted to go 4-2 in MIAA games and end up 21-23 for the regular season—giving Washburn a chance to make it to the MIAA tournament.

“I’d like to think that’s enough,” Anson said. “That would hopefully get you in the top six.”

It came down to the final games for all of the teams competing for the top six—which only allowed three spots.

“We have to go out and take care of our business,” Anson said. “We’ve got to do everything. We’ve got to be able to put some runs on the board.”

In the game against ESU, April 26, the Ichabods did just that. Washburn started a 2-0 lead in game one when Dane Simoneau singled to send Brian Clark and Thomas Holiday home. Washburn answered the Hornet’s one-run-lead in the third with a single run in the bottom of the inning.

“We didn’t compete well against Emporia,” Anson said. “We really allowed them to dictate the tempo and we didn’t battle enough. There were too many strikeouts and not enough aggressive approaches in the count.”

After that, the Hornets took the lead for good, but the second game proved to be more promising.

Because of two ESU errors, the Ichabods took five runs in the fifth inning to add to the one they scored in the second. After plating another five in the seventh, they won by the 10-run rule—putting Washburn 17-17 in MIAA standings.

The Ichabods went on to face Northwest Missouri last weekend.

“They were looking at the game against Washburn to salvage their season,” Anson said.

The Bearcats managed to sweep Washburn in the first double-header, Saturday, putting an end to Anson’s hopes for a 18-20 MIAA season.

The second double-header, an away game, was a split. The Ichabods needed to sweep the game to qualify for the post-season tourney, but didn’t. Northwest Missouri and Washburn both had 18-20 conference records when all was said and done, but the Bearcats advanced by the virtue of a 3-1 series advantage.