Hornets break tie in 9th to beat Ichabods

EMPORIA, Kan. – Dean Long had the game winning RBI and started the game ending double play for Emporia State in a 7-6 win over Washburn on Tuesday in Topeka.  The win extended the Hornets winning streak to a season best seven games on the year.

Emporia State got on the board early, as Levi Parker reached on an infield single, stole second and went to third on an error by the Ichabod catcher before scoring on Justin Harris’ single.  The Hornets added a run in the second when Price Jacobs singled and went to second on Aaron Gile’s single.  Wade Hanna tried to sacrifice them both over, but the Washburn pitcher threw the ball away on the bunt and allowed Jacobs to score. The Ichabods cut the lead in half with an unearned run of their own in the bottom of the fourth only to see the Hornets answer with Harris driving in Parker again in the fifth inning.

Washburn scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. With one out in the top of the sixth Hanna and Tory Bell both walked and Hanna came home to tie the game on pinch hitter Zach Stucky’s line drive down the first base line.  Harris put the Hornets up 6-4 on a hit to center that plated Bell and Stucky before Harris was thrown out at second on the play.  The Ichabods re-tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and had runners at the corners with one out when the Hornets turned the first of two 5-4-3 double plays to end the inning.

Jordan Hodges pinch hit to lead off the top of the ninth for Emporia State and singled up the middle.  Parker sacrificed him to second and Long drove him home with a single to left for a 7-6 lead.  The Hornet defense then came through in the bottom of the ninth.  Brenton Higgins walked the lead off batter but then retired him at second on a failed sacrifice.  Emporia State then turned their second 5-4-3 double play of the game to preserve the win.

Harris went three for four with four RBI for the Hornets while Parker went one for three with two runs scored.  Higgins faced the minimum over the last 2.0 innings to pick up the win, allowing no hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Emporia State returns to the Trusler Sports Complex for their final home MIAA series of the year this weekend with two double headers against Northwest Missouri. First pitch on Friday is set for 2:00 p.m.

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