TOPEKA — The Fort Hays State baseball team fell behind early Tuesday against Washburn and was unable to recover, falling 16-0 at Falley Field. The Tigers now are 8-19 on the year and 1-12 in MIAA play, while the Ichabods move to 8-16 overall and 2-11 in MIAA action.
Jason Nicholson led off the game with a base knock, but the next three Tigers were retired to strand a runner on first. The Ichabods pushed across their first run of the evening in the bottom of the first after a two-out triple was followed by a wild pitch.
After Nicholson’s leadoff single, the next eight batters were retired by Washburn starter Nick Sloan. Nicholson returned to the plate in the third inning and promptly collected the second Tiger hit of the afternoon with a double to left center. Addison Kaasch worked a walk to put two on with two out, but Alex Weiss smacked a line drive right at the shortstop, allowing the Ichabods to get out of the inning unscathed.
Washburn extended its lead with five runs in the second inning, three in the third, five in the fourth and two in the sixth. The Ichabods outhit FHSU in their win, 15-5. Fort Hays State had baserunners in two other innings, but the Tigers stranded all six of their baserunners on the day.
Roger Kruse (1-1) took the loss after allowing nine runs (five earned) in two-plus innings of work. Alex Ruxlow worked two scoreless innings of relief late in the game, striking out two and allowing just one baserunner.
The Tigers continue their spring break road trip today when they take on William Jewell at 3 p.m. in Liberty, Mo.