Offense Erupts In Game Two As Ichabods Doubleheader At Northeastern State

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— Washburn was held to just one run in the opener Friday at Northeastern State but erupted with season highs of 18 runs and 22 hits in the second game to split a doubleheader as the two opened a four-game MIAA series.

The RiverHawks won the opener 5-1 while the Ichabods took the second game 18-4 in eight innings. They'll wrap up the series Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Washburn ended its games Friday still with a chance to finish in the top four of the MIAA standings and host a first round tournament series next weekend.

Kyle Carnahan finished game two with six RBI, one off the school record of seven. He went 3 for 3 in the game and also walked three times to extend his reached-base streak to 24 straight games. He's reached safely in all but one game this year and he's batting .422 on the year.

Corey Gragg went 5 for 6 and became the 10th Ichabod since at least 1999 (when single-game statistics were first archived) to record at least five hits. The school record is six. Gragg, Parker Gibson and Taylor Herrington all scored four times to tie for the third highest run total in school history.

Gibson, Gragg and Herrington, Washburn's top three hitters in the lineup, respectively, combined to hit 13 for 17 in the second game and score 12 runs while driving in five.

Things got started quickly in game two after getting held to just a run in the opener. Gragg had one of Washburn's three triples in the first inning and then Matt Jackson drove in a run with a single and Wes Jones' grounder scored two after the RiverHawks committed one of their two errors in the inning.

Washburn led 4-2 after a full inning and then scored three more in the second as Gragg and Carnahan had RBI singles. Carnahan did some big damage as he tripled with the bases loaded in the third inning to put the Bods up 12-4.

Taylor Gentry started on the mound in the second game and went five innings to get the win. He allowed all four runs off seven hits with six strikeouts. Greg Mason and Kenny McKee finished the game without allowing a run to help Gentry improve to 6-2.

Washburn added a run on an RBI triple from Herrington in the seventh and then finished the damage with five more runs in the eighth. Five different Ichabods drove in runs in that inning.

The RiverHawks hit three home runs in the opener and kept Washburn to just a run off an RBI single from Gragg in the fifth inning.

Brett Ash had his streak of five straight complete game wins come to an end as he allowed all five runs off six hits. He struck out four and walked just one as he fell to 5-2. Drew Ridley pitched the final two innings of hitless and scoreless relief and Washburn's three relievers Friday combined to pitch five scoreless innings.

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