Anson hits win No. 700

corey garriott

The Washburn baseball team finally got on the field to play Friday vs. the University of Mary Marauders.

Steve Anson, Ichabod head coach, captured his 700th career win with a 7-2 victory over the Marauders in the first of two games. Washburn dropped the second game 9-7.

In the first game, Washburn jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Dan Eagon, junior outfielder, doubled in his first at bat for the Ichabods, advancing Kyle Peter, junior outfielder, to third after he had been walked in the previous at bat. Tommy Mangino, senior catcher, walked as well, setting up a bases-loaded single by designated hitter Mark Stoltz. The junior drove in two runs and advanced Mangino to third. Later in the inning, Mangino would score on a fielder’s choice.

No more scoring would take place until the bottom of the fifth. Peter walked and then stole second and third in separate attempts. He would score on a Mangino double to center field.

The Marauders would make an effort to get back into it in the top of the sixth by scoring two runs of their own, but the Ichabods would come back in the bottom half with three more runs for the final margin.

Randy Wild, senior, got the start and win on the mound for Washburn. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing only two runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Keith Barkemeyer, senior, closed the game for Washburn.

In the second game, Washburn jumped out early again with four runs in the first inning. However, the Marauders would not go quietly and came back to tie it in the top of the seventh at five all to eventually force extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Mary put home four runs for a 9-5 advantage. Washburn could only muster two more in the bottom half of the inning, ending the game 9-7 in favor of the Marauders.

Senior Jeff LaCerte got the start on the mound for Washburn. He went six innings allowing four runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts. Sam Keim, junior pitcher, took the loss for Washburn after going one and two-thirds innings with five runs on six hits.

Washburn starts the season with a record of 1-1. Mary is now 2-6.

Originally, the two teams were supposed to hook up for a four-game series over three days, but weather and bad field conditions foiled that.

Washburn can next be seen in action at 3 p.m. March 7, vs. Rockhurst at Falley Field. Rockhurst is 3-3 through last Friday.

On March 10 and 11, the Ichabods play a three-game series at Falley Field vs. Western Illinois. Saturday they meet for a 1 p.m. doubleheader and Sunday at noon for a single game. Western Illinois is 6-5 through last Friday.