Bod Brief: Baseball’s season ends after first ever NCAA tournament trip


Jesse Bruner

Washburn players wait in the infield Friday, April 29, 2022, at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Washburn lost to Pittsburg State 14-3 in the game.

Washburn baseball’s season came to an end May 20 with a 14-13 loss to Northeastern State University in the NCAA Central Region Championships in Magnolia, Ark.

The Ichabods entered the program’s first ever NCAA tournament as the No. 7 seed in the Central Region and lost both games by one run. The first loss came to the second seed Southern Arkansas, 12-11.

Washburn led by at least six runs at points in both games before falling in each. The Ichabods ended with a final record of 33-22 including 19-14 in MIAA play and 13-8 at home on the year.

In game two, Washburn got three RBIs each from seniors Quinn Waterbury and Parker Dunn who both hit a home run in the game. Senior Brett Ingram had two hits, including one home run, and two RBIs.

Senior Kros Bay drove in two runs and junior Cal Watkins had an RBI as well. Senior Braden Babcock threw four innings, striking out three and only allowing two runs.

Freshman Easton Bruce hit the only Ichabod home run in game two, driving in two runs in the game. Senior Zion Bowlin led in that category with three RBIs.

Waterbury, Watkins and Bay each had two RBIs along with multi-hit games. Senior Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli added another RBI. Senior John Cross pitched 1 1/3 innings, striking out four batters and allowing no runs.

Even after the two losses Washburn finishes with 34 wins in the season, the most for the program since 2016.

Edited by: Alyssa Storm