The Missouri Western baseball team continued the offensive onslaught as they defeated the Washburn Ichabods 23-13 and 15-9 in an MIAA doubleheader Thursday afternoon. The Griffons have won 11 games in-a-row as they improve to 12-3 overall and 7-0 in MIAA play.
MWSU 23, WU 13
In game one the Griffons scored in every inning which included jumpring out to a 10-1 lead after two and a half innings of play. In the first inning the Griffons scored six runs on six hits and two Ichabod errors. In the second Grant Fink hit his sixth homer of the season giving MWSU the 8-0 lead after two.
Washburn got on the board in the second Conner Crimmins up the middle scoring Richard Swan. In the third the Griffons got the bats going again scoring on a walk and a fielder choice going up 10-1. The Ichabods did not get flustered scoring three runs in the third and five in the fourth cutting the Griffon lead to 11-9 after four innings of play. Shawn Egge hit a homer in the top of the fourth giving them their 11th run.
The Griffons answered right back in their half of the fifth scoring eight runs on five hits with Bubba Dotson smacking a grand slam giving MWSU the 19-9 lead after five. Each team scored four runs the rest of the way with the Griffons winning 23-13.
The Griffons had 21 hits with nine being for extra bases. Dotson went 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored while Spencer Shockley went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI. Fink had five RBI for the Griffons.
On the mound Jake Jones went three innings giving up seven hits and five earned runs. Mark Spreckles picked up the win going 2.2 innings giving up four hits and two earned runs. He improves to 1-1 on the season.
The Ichabods had 13 hits with Brad Albers going 3-for-4 with three RBI and one runs scored. Dan Gabler picked up the loss going 1.2 innings giving up eight hits and five earned runs. He falls to 0-2 with the loss.
The 23 runs was the most since March 10, 2007 when the Griffons scored 23 against Arkansas Tech.
MWSU 15, WU 9
In game two the Griffons broke things open in the top of the first scoring nine runs on nine hits. Dotson capped off the scoring hitting his second grand slam of the day giving MWSU the 9-0 lead after a half an inning.
Once again the Ichabods were able to chip away at the Griffon lead scoring four runs in the third and two in the fourth cutting the MWSU lead to 9-6. The Griffons remained calm and in the fifth Jimmy Smelcer led off with a homer and then Payton Scarbrough scored on a Schulze single giving MWSU the 11-6 lead.
In the seventh the Griffons scored three more runs which was capped by a Simpson two RBI double giving Missouri Western the 14-6 lead after six and a half. The Ichabods answered in their half of the seventh with three runs but it was to little to late as Schulze hit a homer in the ninth giving MWSU the 15-9 victory.
The Griffons had 20 hits with Ramler going 4-for-6 with one run scored while Schulze, Simpson, Smelcer and Scarbrough each had three hits. Oliver Kadey and Mason Queen each went 3.1 inning for MWSU while Logan Hollingsworth went 2.1 innings giving up one hit and striking out three. He improves to 2-1 on the season.
Washburn falls to 3-9 overall and 3-9 in MIAA play. They had 13 hits with Dakota Kell going 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. Ryne Dowling went just 2/3 of an inning giving up nine hits and nine earned runs. He falls to 0-2 on the season.
The Griffons return to action on Friday, March 15 with an MIAA doubleheader against Northeastern State in St. Joseph, Mo. Game time is set for 4:00 pm from the MWSU BB Field at the Spring Sports Complex.
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