March 13, 2014

Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short for Baseball in 5-3 Loss to Brandeis

Sanford, Fla., March 13, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis and Brandeis University baseball teams combined to score six runs in the ninth inning, but the Bears' came up short in a 5-3 loss to the Judges Thursday at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

With the score tied 1-1 heading to the ninth inning, Brandeis scored four runs, including three unearned, to take a 5-1 lead. A pair of singles gave the Judges runners on first and second with one out. Greg Heineman reached on a fielder's choice for Brandeis, but Dan Gad was safe at second when junior Stewart Martens dropped the toss from junior Andrew Goldstick on what appeared to be a possible double-play ball. Brandeis took advantage of the errors and grabbed a four-run lead with a pair of two-RBI singles before a groundout ended the inning.

Junior Brandon Deger led off the bottom of the ninth for the Bears with a double to the gap in deep right-center field. Freshman CJ Price followed with a single to left field and junior Brian Cizek drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Washington U. A fielder's choice by sophomore Max Golembo scored Deger, and Goldstick followed with a single to center field that scored Price to make it 5-3 with two outs. Junior Chris Lowery walked to again load the bases and put the potential winning run on base for the Bears, but the Judges left fielder made a diving catch to end the game.

Washington U. got on the scoreboard first with a run on two hits in the bottom of the third. Martens was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, before senior Kyle Billig and Golembo hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. An RBI groundout by Lowery scored Martens to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The Judges got a runner to third base with one out in the top of the fourth, but Gad hit a fly ball to left field and Deger threw the baserunner out at home plate on an inning-ending double play. In the top of the sixth, Brandeis got its leadoff batter on base on a fielding error by Washington U. The runner reached third on a sacrifice bunt, but was tagged out at home by Price on a failed suicide squeeze attempt to keep the score 1-0 in favor of Washington U. In the top of the seventh, Brandeis turned a leadoff double into a run to tie the score at 1-1.

Junior Kunal Patel put together a strong outing in his first career start on the mound for the Bears. He scattered three hits and allowed just one run in 7.1 innings of work. Freshman Brad Margolin (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs, including just one earned, on four hits in 1.1 innings of relief. Freshman Bill Heisler got the final out of the ninth on a first-pitch groundout. Washington U. outhit Brandeis 11-7 in the game, but the Bears left 10 runners on base. Price (2-for-4, run), Golembo (2-for-5, RBI) and Goldstick (2-for-5, RBI) led the Bears offensively.

Washington U. (3-7, 2-4 UAA) returns to action Friday to face No. 24 Case Western Reserve University for the second time in the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET).