COURTESY: Washburn Sports Information
TOPEKA, Kan. – Riley Price hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to erase a three-run deficit and then Matt Jackson had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to give Washburn a 10-9 win Friday night against Emporia State at Falley Field.
The Ichabods improved to 14-13 overall and 14-11 in the MIAA while the Hornets dropped to 19-12 and 14-11. The two teams will shift to Emporia to play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m.
Riley Price hit Washburn’s third home run of the game with a grand slam in the seventh to give Washburn a 9-8 lead. The Hornets then hit their fourth homer of the game to tie the score in the eighth. After three scoreless half innings for the Ichabods Kyle Carnahan hit a one-out single in the 11th and then stole second to set up Jackson’s game-winning single to center field. Washburn improved to 3-1 this year in extra-inning games.
Maustin Otterstatter pitched the final three innings of scoreless relief to get the win and improve to 3-2. He allowed just one hit and struck out three.
Washburn ended with 14 hits with Carnahan going 4 for 6 and scoring three times. Jackson went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI.
David Gauntt had a solo home run in the third inning and Jackson hit one in the fourth to give Washburn a 3-1 lead. The Hornets then scored five runs off five hits in the sixth inning to go up 6-3 and they led 8-4 before Washburn had a five-run seventh inning off an RBI single from Carnahan and Price’s grand slam.