TOPEKA, Kan. -- Washburn's Tish Williams was 6 for 7 with 9 RBI
including a three home run performance in the second game of the Lady
Blues doubleheader sweep over Park University. Williams became the fifth person in MIAA history to hit three home runs in a single game as it was accomplished by one person twice.
Her feat also broke the Washburn record for home runs in a single game as it has happened 20 times at Washburn that someone has hit 2 home runs in a single game. The Lady Blues won the opener 10-2 in five innings and rallied to take a 10-4 win in the nightcap. Washburn improves to 24-15 and will hit the road this weekend in a pair of MIAA doubleheaders starting Friday at Central Missouri and Saturday at Truman State.
In the first game, Williams finished the game 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and a
run scored. Washburn broke a 2-0 game open with seven runs in the third inning leading to the win. Mandi Daigh also drove in two runs with a 2-run double in the inning. Nicole Perkuhn picked up the win allowing a
solo run in each the third and fourth innings.
Ashley Webb had a pair of hits, including her seventh double of the
season while scoring two runs. Mandy Tarbutton and Danie White each
score two runs as well. In the second game, Washburn fell behind 2-0 as the Pirates scored two in the first inning. Washburn tied the score on Williams' first home run of the game knotting the score at 2-2. After Park added two more in the top of the second, Washburn went scoreless in their next three innings, but rallied to score four in each of the fifth and sixth innings to rally for the win.
Williams had a three-run homer in the fifth and Washburn added another
run on Tarbutton's single to center, scoring Brooke DeVader who finished the second game with two doubles.
In the sixth inning, White doubled to lead the inning off moving to
third on a single by Jessica Batres. After Malarie Fellers reached on a
fielding error, Wiliams hit her third home run to dead center scoring
Fellers capping her day with her ninth RBI in the doubleheader and her
seventh of the game tying White's record. White recorded seven RBI
against Southwestern Oklahoma earlier this season.
Kayla Long picked up the win in relief pitching the final five innings
allowing only one hit while striking out seven and walking none.