Washburn Splits with Fort Hays

By: From: WU Sports Information
By: From: WU Sports Information

After losing game one, 9-2 to Fort Hays State Washburn left fielder Dan
Egan threw out the tying run at home plate in the ninth inning to end
the game and give the Ichabods a 12-11 win in the second game. Washburn
moved to 15-20 overall and 9-13 in the MIAA while FHSU went to 25-15 and
13-10. The Ichabods will hit the road for a four-game series at Truman
starting Friday at 2 p.m.

Game 1
Washburn scored just twice and gave up a pair of big innings in a 9-2
loss to Fort Hays State in the opener.

Mark Stoltz was 3 for 3 with an RBI for WU while Wes Joy was 2 for 4
with a run scored. Zach Walton had Washburn’s other RBI.

Washburn’s Jake Iverson made his second start and went 4 2/3 innings,
allowing eight runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks.

The Tigers got the win with a five-run second inning and a four-run
fifth. They totaled 10 hits while pitcher Matt Augustine went all seven
innings and allowed nine hits and a walk with a strikeout.

Game 2
Washburn took the lead in the fourth and went into the ninth with a
four-run lead. The Tigers plated three runs that inning but Egan’s throw
on a run-scoring single to left field got the would-be tying run at the
plate. Washburn held on for a 12-11 win that broke a three-game losing
streak.

The Ichabods scored first with a pair of first-inning runs when Egan
doubled in a pair of runs. They got another in the third to lead 3-1
when Tyler Blankenship grounded in a run.

The Tigers went ahead after a five-run fourth inning but Washburn
responded with four in the bottom half of the inning. Tommy Mangino,
Zach Walton an Egan each drove in runs and WU took a 7-6 lead.

They added five runs over the next three innings and led 12-8 going into
the top of the ninth. The Tigers got two RBI singles to pull within two
with two outs. Rob Nelson then singled to left field to drive in one
run. Dylan Briggs tried to score from second but was thrown out at home
by Egan to end the game.

WU starter Jake Loveless made his first start of the year and worked
into the fourth inning. He allowed six runs, four earned, off five hits
and three walks. Reliever Drew Tucker came in to retire the side in the
fourth and finish with 2 1/3 innings of hitless pitching to earn the win.

Egan was 3 for 5 at the plate with four RBI while Blankenship and Joy
each drove in two. Mark Stoltz made six plate appearances without
recording an official at-bat. He was hit by four pitches and walked twice.


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