TOPEKA, Kan. - Washburn University scored five unanswered runs through the first five innings cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Bemidji State baseball team in the first nine inning contest of the season.
The Ichabods grabbed an early five-run lead with two runs in the second and fifth innings and a one-run fourth.
The Beavers eventually got on the board in the sixth inning with two runs off three hits. Paul Newman singled to left field driving home Ryan Bohannan and Josh Silvernagel for his fourth and fifth RBI's of the season bringing BSU to within 5-2.
Washburn answered in the home half of the sixth with two more runs pushing its lead to 7-2 as Cal Iverson and Travis Ice each picked up RBI singles in the sixth.
The Ichabods put the game out of reach in the seventh with two more runs.
Bemidji State's Ryan Johnson scored on a passed ball in the ninth.
Both teams pounded out 12 hits in the contest but the Beavers left 11 runners on base compared to just four for the Ichabods.
Newman finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two RBI. Four other Beavers picked up two hits in the game while Colton Smith extended his hitting streak to seven games this season and 12 games dating back to last season.
Five Ichabods picked up two hits in the contest while Wes Joy and Dan Simoneau each had two RBI.
Brent Vollbrecht started for BSU and lasted 4 1-3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits.
Danny Cook picked up the win for the Ichabods and struck out eight.
The Beavers fall to 4-3 with the loss and wrap up the series with the Ichabods today at noon.