WU baseball starts strong, fizzles out on road

Bryan Grabauskas

Of their four away games this week, the Washburn baseball team won two and lost two. After going 2-2 this week, the team’s record is 10-21.

The Ichabods’ first match was against Emporia State University. After a scoreless first inning, Washburn was the first with a run by senior infielder Jake Bublitz in the second inning. Then, the scoring came in waves. In the third inning, Washburn earned two more runs on the back of a home run by senior catcher Josh Crosby.

The next inning saw four additional runs for Washburn, by sophomore infielder Jake Hahn, junior infielder Bailey Jenkins, junior outfielder Javis Larson and senior outfielder Darian Abram. Abram and Larson each added another run in the sixth inning. In the end, Washburn defeated the Hornets 9-1.

Washburn started scoring quickly in their first of three games against Pittsburg State, with each Crosby and Larson earning runs.

The Ichabods scored two more runs in the second inning, but Pittsburg State answered back with their own run. Washburn scored three more in the third inning to tie it up.

Washburn pulled ahead in the sixth inning, thanks to a run by Hahn. Pittsburg State tied it up again with a run in the seventh inning. Three more innings passed until Washburn managed to score in the 10th inning, winning the game 6-5.

The second game against Pittsburg State similarly started off with a bang. Washburn scored three runs in the opening inning. Pittsburg State scored twice in the first inning and again in the second, tying the game up.

Then the Gorillas scored in the third inning, pulling them ahead by one. The Ichabods outscored Pittsburg State 3-1 in the fourth inning, placing them ahead 6-5.

There was plenty of action in the next few innings, with the lead changing hands three times. Pitt State pulled ahead 7-8 in the fifth inning, then Washburn regained the lead in the sixth inning and got ahead 11-8. Unfortunately, the Gorillas stuck back in the same inning.

They scored an astonishing nine runs, putting them ahead 17-11 before the inning was over. Washburn scored a few more runs, but couldn’t catch up before the game was over. They lost 12-17.

The last game against Pittsburg State was much slower than the other two. Washburn scored once in the third inning while Pitt State scored moderately throughout the game, reaching seven runs. Pittsburg State won 1-7.

“The first two games we played really relaxed and had a lot of fun and were able to get some clutch hits,” said Crosby. “The last game we didn’t come through in those clutch situations, couldn’t get things going. The game prior to that was kind of a difficult one because we scored a bunch of runs, but couldn’t hold them on the defensive side. 

“We were working well as a team at the beginning,” said Larson. “I think some things fell apart. Maybe pitching wasn’t working one day, hitting wasn’t working the other, so we just need to put those two back together to get back on that winning streak.”

Up next for the Ichabods is an away game against Fort Hays State at 3 p.m. Wedneday, April 4 as well as a three-game series at home against Missouri Southern State starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Falley Field.