Washington University Baseball Splits Doubleheader at DePauw
GAME ONE BOX | GAME TWO BOX
Greencastle, Ind., April 4, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team jumped on DePauw University early and held on to earn a 9-7 win in game one, before dropping a 2-1 contest to the Tigers in game two of the doubleheader Thursday afternoon in Greencastle, Ind.
Washington U. (15-9) returns home for a doubleheader against No. 15-ranked Webster University Saturday, April 6. First pitch is set for Noon at Kelly Field.
Washington U. 9, DePauw 7
The Bears sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning, scoring six runs on four hits to jump out to a 6-0 lead. Sophomore Brian Cizek drew a walk to lead off the inning, and sophomore Brandon Deger lined a shot over the fence in left field for his first-career homerun to put Washington U. ahead 2-0. Freshman Kyle Kozak walked and seniors David Madson and Matthew Polites were hit by pitches to load the bases with one out. Sophomore Andrew Goldstick hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Kozak, and junior Kyle Billig followed with an RBI single down the right-field line to make it 4-0. Sophomore Zack Kessinger and Cizek hit back-to-back RBI singles to push the lead to 6-0 before a groundout ended the inning.
Washington U. added a run in the top of the third to make it 7-0. Sophomore Noah Doppelt hit a one-out single and Polites followed with a double to center field, before an RBI groundout by Goldstick scored Doppelt. The Tigers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 7-2. In the top of the fifth, Washington U. got the two runs back when Madson scored on a balk and Doppelt scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2 in favor of the Bears.
DePauw scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within 9-6. In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers got runners on second and third with no outs and scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. The runner at second appeared to move to third on the play, but was called out for leaving base early, and senior Ryan Furtick got a groundout to end the inning and preserve the 9-7 lead for Washington U. In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Max Zhang walked the first batter he faced, before recording a strikeout and getting Cory Meixner to hit into a double play to seal the win.
Eight players recorded hits in the game for Washington U., including two each by Polites (2-for-3, run) and Doppelt (2-for-3, 2 runs, walk). Goldstick (0-for-3, 2 RBI, walk) and Deger (1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 walks, run) accounted for two RBIs apiece. Senior Max Gordon (2-1) picked up the win for the Bears on the mound. Gordon allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. Furtick allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief, and Zhang picked up his third save of the season in one scoreless inning of work.
DePauw 2, Washington U. 1
Freshman Chris Sanderson limited the DePauw offense to four hits but a two-out error on a dropped popup in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Tigers earned a 2-1 win over the Bears in game two. Washington U. managed just three hits in the game, including two in the top of the fourth inning. Billig was hit by a pitch with one out. After moving to second on a wild pitch, he stole third, and Kessinger singled through the right side of the infield to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when DePauw scored two unearned runs on an error on what would have been the third out of the inning, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. In the top of the sixth, Goldstick drew a walk to lead off the inning. Billig reached on an error and Kessinger walked, giving the Bears bases loaded with no outs. A strikeout and a double play ended the inning, and the Tigers held on for the 2-1 win.
Sanderson (0-1) took the loss in his first complete game of his career. He allowed just four hits and two walks, while recording six strikeouts in six innings.
Bear Notebook: With 10 hits in game one, Washington U. now has recorded double-digit hits in 12 games this season … The win for Gordon was his 10th of his career (10-4) … Goldstick has reached base in his last 17 games in a row for the Bears.