Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Rhodes College Sunday on the second day of the season for the Bears. Rhodes held on for a 2-1 win in game one before earning a 6-3 victory in game two.
Rhodes 2, Washington U. 1
Game one remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Rhodes put together three hits to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Dom Quaranta got a strikeout with runners on second and third for Rhodes to end the inning the keep the score 1-0. The Lynx put together another scoring threat in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out. A sacrifice fly scored one run to make it 2-0 before a groundout ended the inning.
In the top of the eighth, senior Kyle Billig drew a leadoff walk. Junior Chris Lowery followed with a double down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position. Junior Zack Kessinger hit a sac fly to score Billig, but Lowery was thrown out trying to get to third on the play, and a strikeout ended the inning with the Bears trailing 2-1. In the top of the ninth inning, freshman Ben Browdy hit a two-out double to right field, but a groundout ended the game.
Washington U. was limited to five hits in the game, while Rhodes finished with seven hits. Both teams left eight runners stranded in the game. Quaranta (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Freshman Brad Margolin took over for Quaranta in the eighth inning, holding the Lynx scoreless while facing four batters in his first collegiate appearance.
Rhodes 6, Washington U. 3
Sophomore Max Golembo and Billig led off the top of the first inning with back-to-back walks. Golembo got to third on a pair of wild pitches during Billig's at-bat, and Billig stole second to put runners on second and third with one out. Kessinger grounded out to drive in Golembo and give the Bears a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the bottom of the inning, Rhodes loaded the bases with one out with a double, single and walk, and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly to make it 1-1. A hit-by-pitch gave the Lynx bases loaded, but sophomore Chris Sanderson got a called strikeout to end the inning.
A big third inning for Rhodes broke the game open, giving the Lynx a 5-1 lead with four runs on five singles and two errors in the inning. The Bears got a run back in the top of the fourth when senior Dylan Reid singled to left field to drive in senior Andrew Dwoskin and make it 5-2. The score remained 5-2 until the top of the eighth. Kessinger led off with a single to center field and Dwoskin followed with a double down the left field line to give the Bears runners on second and third with no outs. After Browdy lined out to second, sophomore Kyle Kozak reached on an error to score Kessinger to make it 5-3. A flyout and groundout ended the scoring threat for the Bears. A one-out triple by Rhodes, followed by an RBI single, made the score 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth, and the Bears were unable to score in the ninth as Rhodes earned the game-two win.
Washington U. recorded eight hits in the game, including two each by Kessinger and Dwoskin. The Bears also drew four walks, but left nine baserunners stranded. Sanderson (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in three innings of work. Junior Kunal Patel came on in relief in the fourth inning, and limited Rhodes to one run on three hits and a walk in five innings of work.
Washington U. dropped to 1-2 on the season with the losses, while Rhodes improved to 6-2. The Bears are scheduled to return to action with five home games next week, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. contest against Fontbonne University Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Bear Notebook: With hits in each game, Kessinger extended his hitting streak to 21, dating to April 4, 2013 … Patel's relief appearance on the mound in game two was his first varsity action for the Bears … Billig had a stolen base in game two, bringing his school-record total to 90 in his career … Junior Andrew Goldstick also had a steal in the second game, bringing his career total to 31, two shy of entering WUSTL's all-time top-10.