Matt Jackson homered twice in Washburn's 13-3 winner in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday at Nebraska-Kearney. David Gauntt provided Washburn's only offense in second game with a solo homer as the Ichabods lost 4-1.
Washburn moved to 18-17 overall and 17-14 in the MIAA while UNK went to 24-15 and also 17-14 in the league. UNK leads the series 2-1 and the Ichabods will go for a split with a single game Saturday at noon.
Kyle Carnahan went 4 for 7 to improve his season average to .408 and Jackson was 4 for 6 in the two games.
Washburn started the day with five runs in the first inning. Carnahan had a two-run double and Wes Jones drove in a run with a single. Washburn then hit three solo homers in three consecutive innings with Jackson getting one in the third, Parker Gibson hitting one in the fourth and Jackson getting another in the fifth.
Kyle Carnahan also drove in a run in the fifth and Corey Gragg scored on an error in the sixth to give Washburn a 9-2 lead. The Lopers scored one in the bottom of the sixth but Washburn put the game away with three in the top of the seventh and final inning. Jones drove in two with a single and then later scored on a hit by Gragg.
Carnahan finished 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the game. Jones also went 3 for 4 with three RBI and he scored a run. Herrington and Gragg split time at second base and they each produced two hits.
Brett Ash (4-1) earned his fourth straight complete game victory and he moved into a tie for first with his 37th career start. He already holds the school record for complete games, now with 24. He allowed two earned runs off four hits with a strikeout and a walk.
The Lopers struck early in the second game with a 4-0 lead after the first two innings and Washburn produced only Gauntt's solo shot in the top of the fourth. He was one of four Ichabods to combine for their four hits.
Taylor Gentry took the loss as he allowed all four runs in three innings off six hits. He struck out three and walked two as he fell to 4-2.
Greg Mason and Drew Ridley pitched the final three innings and combined to keep UNK hitless and scoreless.