Maryville Comes Back from Eight Down to Top WUSTL Baseball
St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team fell to 17-15 with a 13-12 loss to NCAA Division II Maryville University on Thursday, April 29, at Weber Field in St. Louis, Mo.
Maryville erased a 12-4 deficit with nine unanswered runs over the final three innings of the game. The Saints started the comeback by scoring four runs off Washington U. starter Jeremy Rogoff in the bottom of the sixth, and ended the rally with a five-run eighth.
Maryville’s first three batters reached base in the bottom of the eighth. One run came home on a Bryce Hrovat wild pitch and a second scored on a Chris Stenzel sacrifice fly to center field. Dustin Esker completed the comeback with a three-run home run to left field, his fifth homer of the season.
Hrovat picked up the loss for the Bears, giving up five runs in two innings and falling to 4-2. Cameron Dyer pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Saints, holding the Washington U. offense to no runs on just two hits, picking up his first win of the year in the process.
Washington U. led 3-1 through three innings thanks to RBI base hits from junior Travis May and sophomore Brandon Rogalski in the top half of that inning. Rogoff escaped a jam in the bottom of the fourth, getting Maryville catcher Vince Wolk to fly out to second base with two outs and runners on second and third.
The first four Washington U. batters of the fifth reached base, three due to base hits and the fourth because of an error by Maryville shortstop Jared Mills. Junior Matt Bayer led off the inning with a double to right field and scored thanks to the two-base throwing error by Mills on a grounder from senior Nick Vom Brack.
Junior Matt Skinner sent a double to left center, scoring Vom Brack, and he came around to score from second when May tallied his second RBI of the day. Rogoff found trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving up three runs, two of them earned, on three hits, but the WUSTL offense responded with five more runs in the sixth.
Freshman Greg Gleicher led off the sixth with a base hit to left field and the Bears went on to tally five hits that inning. However, the inning was prolonged once again thanks to a Mills throwing error on a Vom Brack ground ball, allowing Washington U. to score three unearned runs later in the inning; juniors Joe Noon and Miguel Davis each picked up RBI singles late in the frame.
Back surged the Saints, scoring four times in the bottom half of the sixth to pull within four. Designated hitter Eric Gruenewald recorded the big hit of the inning, a two-RBI to right field, scoring Nick Little and Colby White, but Rogoff ended the inning by striking out Dustin Esker on the next play, his sixth strikeout of the game.
Washington U. (17-15) returns to action for its regular season finale on Sunday, May 2, when it travels to Greencastle, Ind., for a doubleheader with DePauw University. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Bear Notebook: Rogoff, who entered the game ranked ninth in Division III in strikeouts, increased his season tally to 75 … Mills finished the game with five errors … Washington University entered Thursday’s game with a 13-game winning streak against Maryville University dating back to 2003 … Skinner, May and Rogalski each tallied a pair of RBI on Thursday … The two teams combined for 33 hits, 17 for Washington U. and 16 for the Saints.