KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Ichabods scored six runs in the third inning Tuesday on the way to their sixth straight win, 8-3 at Rockhurst. Only one game of the doubleheader was played due to scheduling conflicts.
Washburn improved to 24-19 overall and will now travel to Northeastern State to wrap up the MIAA portion of the schedule with a four-game series starting Friday at 2 p.m. The Ichabods will enter the series tied for fifth in the league standings but they have a chance to move into the top four and host a first round MIAA tournament series.
Washburn trailed 2-0 after two innings but took advantage of a Rockhurst error to open the top of the third. Taylor Herrington had an RBI single and Kyle Carnahan drove in two runs with a double down the left field line. Matt Jackson also drove in a run in the inning with a grounout.
The Hawks got a run back in the fourth but Washburn added two more in the top of the ninth to put the game away. Gragg drove in Wes Jones with a bunt single and David Gauntt's single to left drove in Parker Gibson.
Jones and Herrington each had two hits and Washburn had 10 as a team while playing error-free baseball.
The pitching staff combined to give up 14 hits to Rockhurst but just the three runs scored as the Hawks left 12 runners on base. They loaded them in the second after scoring their first two runs but Washburn starter Hank Wellborn left them full as he retired the side. They also left the bases loaded in the eighth when they trailed just 6-3.
Wellborn earned the win as he started the game. He gave up two runs on four hits and he struck out a batter. Four relievers finished the game with Greg Mason pitching out of the jam in the eight and AJ Green pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his ninth straight outing without an earned run.
Carnahan has now reached base safely in 22 straight games and in all but one game this year. He's batting .408 on the season.
The Washburn pitching staff has a 1.32 ERA during this six-game winning streak with just seven runs in 48 innings. The hurlers have struck out 43 batters with just 13 walks. The offense is batting .360.