TOPEKA, Kan. – Washburn took a no-hitter into the final out of game one Saturday afternoon at Falley Field and then got on the board early in the second game to sweep Lincoln 9-0 and 7-2 in a doubleheader.
The Ichabods swept the four-game series over the Blue Tigers and improved to 22-19 and 21-15 in the MIAA. They'll take a three-game break from league games early in the week and then wrap up the regular season next weekend at Northeastern State. They host Newman Monday at 6 p.m. in the home finale.
Eric Schmid pitched the first 3 2/3 innings in the opener and had struck out a career high eight batters before he had to be pulled. He kept Lincoln hitless and walked two batters. Maustin Otterstatter took over and made it into the seventh with two outs before the Blue Tigers got two infield hits to spoil the no-hit bid. The spoiler was a bloop pop up over the mound. Biesma didn't pitch long enough to get the win so Otterstatter got it and evened his record at 4-4.
The Ichabods pitching staff then extended its shutout streak to 30 straight innings over the Blue Tigers as they didn't score until a two-run home run in the ninth of game two. Mark Biesma got the win as he went the first six innings and allowed just two hits. AJ Green and Greg Mason each threw a shutout inning in relief. Lincoln (1-36, 0-32 MIAA) scored a run in the first inning of the series and two in the last inning of the series but was otherwise kept off the scoreboard.
Washburn took a 5-0 lead in the opener when David Gauntt's grounder was booted and two runs scored in the second inning. Matt Jackson, Wes Jones and Parker Gibson each had RBI hits in the fifth inning to gave the Bods an 8-0 lead and Connor Crimmins drove in a run in the sixth to finish scoring.
The Ichabods scored quickly in the second game as Gibson walked and scored off a double from Taylor Herrington in the first. Gauntt then drove in Herrington with a single. The Ichabods added four runs in the third inning as Jackson had a two-run double and Riley Krane drove in a run with a double.
Gauntt went 3 for 3 with three RBI in the second game. Krane batted 3 for 4 and Herrington had two hits and scored three times. Washburn had 14 hits in the game.
Kyle Carnahan was kept hitless in the opener to end an 18-game hitting streak. He did reach on an error and had a hit in the second game to extend his reached base streak to 20 straight games. He's reached base in all but one game this year. He's now batting .402 on the season.
Washburn's strarters gave up just one run during the four-game series and the entire staff had a 0.84 ERA in the series.
The win in the finale was just Washburn's second game 4 win in its nine MIAA series this year. The win also gaurantees a winning record in the MIAA this year and it moved Washburn into a tie for fifth going into the final week of the season.