ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Ichabods tied both games of a doubleheader Wednesday at fifth-ranked Missouri Western with solo home runs but scored no other runs as they were swept 3-1 and 11-1.
Washburn fell to 9-31 overall and 8-30 in the MIAA while the Griffons improved to 34-7 and 27-4 in the league to capture the conference regular season title. The Ichabods will return to Falley Field to host Lindenwood in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday. Washburn's four seniors will be honored prior to the game Sunday as it will be the last home game of the season.
The Ichabods tied the opening game with a home run by Connor Crimmins in the fifth inning but gave up two unearned runs in the sixth to lose.
Connor Crimmins hit his second career home run, a solo shot in the fifth, to tie the opening game at 1-1. The Ichabods got just one hit after that, a single in the sixth by John Stoothoff, and the Griffons scored twice in the bottom of the sixth off a two-run single to get the win.
Brad Alberts pitched a complete game and allowed just one earned run off 10 hits. He struck out five and walked one as he fell to 0-6 on the year. The Griffons' runs in the sixth came after an error by Alberts on the mound.
Alberts helped himself with a leadoff single in the second inning but a double play erased his threat.
The Griffons left nine runners on base while Washburn didn't strand any. Alberts was erased on the double play and Tyler Bailey was thrown out stealing in the sixth after he pinch ran for Stoothoff. Griffon pitcher Jerad Hawkins (6-0) didn't walk anyone and his defense played error free.
Zack Haller's first career home run in the third inning of the second game tied that contest at 1-1 but the Griffons scored 10 unanswered runs to envoke the run rule in the eighth inning.
Washburn was out-hit 11-5 in the game with five different Ichabods getting hits. Haller's was the only extra-base hit.
Brady Connor started for Washburn and allowed the first four runs, three earned, as he suffered his first loss of the year and fell to 2-1. He struck out four and walked four.