Hornets sting Washburn with sweep
Hazlett ties MIAA record with 32-game hitting streak
EMPORIA, Kan. -- A day after Washburn swept a two-game set with Emporia State, the Hornets took advantage of four Ichabod errors as they swept the second day of the Turnpike Tussle with Washburn (20-23, 17-19 MIAA). ESU took the opener, 10-7, before winning the nightcap, 7-5.
In game one, ESU (37-8, 33-7 MIAA) got three runs in the first two innings and had a four-run fifth inning. Jacob White went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Andy Cotton went 2-for-3 and added an RBI. Joe Kornbrust went a perfect 3-for-3 and scored three runs, and Kevin Wempe went one for one and drove in three runs. Dillon Hazlett tied the MIAA hitting streak record at 32 games, tying him with Brayden Whitney of Central Missouri.
Jake Hosey struck out four in four innings to pick up his sixth victory. Michael Cotter earned his 14th save to tie Central Missouri's Chris Matlock for the MIAA single-season record.
Alex Coons (2-2) took the loss allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Tyler Bean finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and Blake Boling and Travis Cruz each drove in two for the Ichabods.
In game two, Hazlett had his hitting streak broken as ESU scored three runs in both the second and third innings before Washburn came back with two in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth. The Hornets added a single run in the sixth to extend the lead to 7-5, a score that would hold. White went 3-for-4 for the second game in a row. Joe Vaskas and David Allbritton each homered for the Hornets. Parker Amos went 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Brandon Faulkner picked up the win after relieving an injured Spencer Blades to start the fifth inning. Brett Kinsel earned his third save of the season after striking out two in the ninth.
Daren Parker (2-5) took the loss, striking out three. Eric Schmid came in and tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Boling and Wade each had two hits in the contest.