Washburn hits three grand slams in sweep against Northern State
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Washburn crushed three grand slams against Northern State leading to a sweep against the Wolves, winning Game 1 9-7 before taking Game 2 15-5 in five innings.
In game two, Katie Schroeder tied a school record with 7 RBI after hitting a grand slam and a bases loaded triple in the game.
In the first game, Washburn took advantage of four Wolves errors and two in the bottom of the sixth as Washburn rallied for the 9-7 win. Washburn was trailing 7-6 before Bre Hixon reached on an error and she moved to second on a double by Katie Schroeder. Hixon scored on a sac fly by Samantha Carson.
Lauren Thimmesch then singled to left and moved to second on the throw home trying to catch Schroeder at home but the throw got past the catcher allowing Thimmesch to move to third. Deidra Jones then scored Thimmesch with a sac fly putting Washburn up 9-7.
Washburn was down 2-0 after the the Wolves' at bat in the second inning but scored one in the bottom of the frame when Washburn scored on an error by the NSU shortstop.
A grand slam by Jones in the third inning put the Ichabods up 5-2. After NSU scored one in the fourth, Washburn added one of its own in the bottom of the inning on a throwing error by NSU putting Washburn up 6-3. NSU added two in the fifth and two more in the sixth taking the 7-6 lead setting up Washburn's come back win in the bottom of the sixth.
Jones finished with 5 RBI to lead the Ichabods with one hit and Schroeder, Carson and Thimmesch each had two hits. Schroeder's two hits were a triple and a double.Thimmesch improved to 6-1 in the circle pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief.
In the second game, Katie Schroeder tied a school record with seven RBI in the game with a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple leading the Ichabods to the win. Washburn broke the game open by sending 13 batters to the plate in the second inning scoring 10 runs taking back a Wolves 2-0 lead.
Washburn's Schroeder and Jordan Erickson each had grand slams in the inning. Washburn scored five unearned runs in the inning. After NSU scored two in the third and one more in the fourth, Washburn came back with five in the bottom of the fourth highlighted by Schroeder's bases loaded triple and a two-run homer by starting pitcher Carson. Carson improved to 5-1 in the circle.