HAYS, Kan. – The Fort Hays State baseball team couldn’t capitalize on a couple of bases-loaded situations and drop their series finale with Washburn 13-2 Sunday afternoon at Larks Park. The Tigers have now lost 10 straight and fall to 3-31 overall and 2-22 in MIAA play. Washburn has won five straight and six of seven and improve to 18-17 on the season and 11-13 in conference action.
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After Washburn took advantage of two infield hits to score two runs in the top of the first inning, the Tigers came back to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but managed only one run a Jared Manath sacrifice fly to left field.
Trailing 9-1 in the seventh, the Tigers again loaded the bases but only scored once on Marcus Altman’s bases-loaded walk.
The Ichabods scored four in the second then like they did all series, scored their final seven runs in the final four innings. Washburn scored 27 of their 36 runs on the weekend after the fifth inning.
FHSU produced 10 hits on the day and had three hitters with multi-hit days. Landon Erway, Taylan Mullins-Ohm and Bryce Baumwart each had two hits. Tyler Olson, Ryan Stoecklein, Marcus McDaniel and Caleb Egan (as a pinch hitter) tallied the other four hits for the Tigers.
Starter Tanner Smith (0-4) pitched a season-high 6.0 innings for the Tigers , allowing seven runs on 10 hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Jake Vieira, Wyatt Schumacher and Cody Starkel all pitched an inning of relief with each reliever allowing two runs.
FHSU will begin a six-game road trip next weekend when they make their way to Edmond, Okla. to face the Central Oklahoma Bronchos (April 18-20). The series is ahead one day due to the Easter holiday on Sunday. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Wendell Simmons Field.