Baseball Drops Three Games in Triple Header at Chicago on Saturday
BOX 1 | BOX 2 | BOX 3
Chicago, Ill., April 23, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team lost all three games of a triple header with the University of Chicago on Saturday in Chicago, Ill. The Bears lost the first game 17-3, the second 7-4, and the third 5-4.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play double headers on Friday and Saturday, but heavy rainfall in Chicago during the day on Friday forced the cancellation of that day’s competition, leading to the all-day affair on Saturday.
Washington University trailed the Maroons just 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth in game one, but Chicago scored 12 runs that inning to put the game out of reach.
Chicago carried its momentum from the first game into the second, scoring five runs through the first three frames to stake claim to a 5-0 lead. Washington University found some offense in the sixth when senior Travis May’s two-RBI double to left center field plated senior Matt Skinner and junior Brandon Rogalski to make the score 6-4, but the Red and Green were unable to pull any closer.
Sophomore Stephen Bonser received the loss in game two, just his first of the year to drop his overall record to 5-1. He struck out six batters in six innings but gave up seven runs on 13 hits.
Game three was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when four different Maroon batters registered an RBI base hit to lift Chicago to a 5-1 lead.
Once again Washington University began a comeback that fell just short in the end. Rogalski doubled down the left-field line to score senior Ben Ingell in the top half of the fifth, then came in to score himself when Skinner blasted a double to centerfield.
Still trailing by two runs in the sixth, Ingell drove in senior Matt Bayer with a base hit to right-center field to cut the Bears’ deficit to just one, but freshman Kyle Billig flew out to left field to end the inning and Chicago’s William Katzka retired Washington University in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
Washington University (25-16) returns to action on Thursday, April 28, when it hosts Millikin University at Kelly Field in St. Louis, Mo., for a single game at 3 p.m.