TOPEKA — A five-run fifth inning propelled Pittsburg State baseball to a 5-4 victory and 2-1 series win over Washburn Sunday.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the top of the fifth, the Gorillas scored five runs on four hits to take a three-run lead. The Ichabods pushed across two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but left runners on second and third when the final out was made.
OFFENSE COMES ALIVE
Pitt State loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth before Colton Pogue singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Jack Mercer, trimming Washburn’s lead to 2-1.
Still with the bags full, Hunter Clanin drew a walk to force in a run and tie the game at 2-all.
A second consecutive walk with the bases loaded, this time by Andrew Vogelbaugh, gave Pitt State a 3-2 advantage.
The Gorillas’ strong eye at the plate continued, as Chase Kilgore brought home the fourth run of the inning by drawing a walk.
C.J. Martin put PSU up 5-3 after driving in Clanin with a sacrifice fly to center field.
GORILLAS ON THE MOUND
Dante Richardson (1-1) earned his first win of the season after pitching eight strong innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits, four walks and seven strikeouts.
Cort Lesmeister earned his fifth save of the season, giving up two runs on three hits and two strikeouts in the last of the ninth.
ICHABODS ON THE MOUND
Jacob Head took the loss for Washburn, giving up five runs on six hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work as the started.
GORILLAS IN THE BOX
Clanin led Pitt State with two hits in four at-bats, driving in one and score a run.
ICHABODS IN THE BOX
Bowe Behymer went 2-for-3 and scored a pair or runs.
Gabe Franklin had two hits and two RBIs.
Pitt State hosts Northeastern State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Al Ortolani Field.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.