Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Baseball Rallies for 11-8 Win over Emporia State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Baseball Rallies for 11-8 Win over Emporia State

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EMPORIA -- Even when hits weren't dropping for Washburn on Wednesday against Emporia State, the Ichabods were still making solid contact and forcing the Hornets to make tough plays defensively.

Eventually, those quality at-bats turned into line-drive hits and home runs.

WU rallied from a four-run deficit to score eight runs during the seventh and eighth innings, earning an 11-8 win over the Hornets at Trusler Sports Complex.

"We had a good week of practice and got back into our approach of line drives and driving it into the gaps," WU shortstop Riley Krane said. "That was something coach has been preaching all season, but we kind of got away from it. Today I think we really locked in and stayed true to who we are and just did our jobs. It was really good to see."

Emporia State led 7-3 after six innings before a two-run home run from Kyle Carnahan helped ignite the Ichabods. Lance Barkley and Tanner Triggs later hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to square it up at seven.

"(Carnahan's home run) was a huge part of getting us back in the ball game, and I think it showed and carried into the next few at- bats with guys driving the ball deep," Krane said.

After the first three hitters reached in the eighth, Krane laced a bases-loaded double to left-centerfield to put Washburn in front 10-7.

Krane finished 4 for 5 with five RBIs and two doubles for the Ichabods, who improved to 22-13 and 17-8 in the MIAA while Emporia State dropped to 26-10 and 18-6 in the MIAA.

"I'm just trying to keep it simple and not try to do too much," Krane said. "Luckily, I had a good day today, but it could be anybody. That's what is nice about this team -- it could be anybody."

Seven of Washburn's 12 hits went for extra bases, with four doubles and three home runs.

WU coach Harley Douglas witnessed the comeback from afar after he was ejected by the home plate umpire in the fifth inning.

"I got a chance to see most of it," said Douglas, who was tossed for arguing for a foul ball after the umpire ruled that the ESU hitter was hit by a pitch. …

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