St. Louis, Mo., March 22, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team rallied from a seven-run deficit to earn a 9-8 win in 12 innings of game one against Illinois Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon. The Bears dropped game two of the doubleheader 5-1 in seven innings.
GAME 1 – Washington U. 9, Illinois Wesleyan 8 – 12 innings
Illinois Wesleyan left six runners stranded through first three innings, before getting back-to-back two-out singles to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. The Titans scored six two-out runs on six hits in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 7-0.
The Bears were limited to one hit, a single by sophomore Max Golembo in the first inning, until a leadoff single by sophomore Kyle Kozak in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Andrew Goldstick reached on a fielder's choice that got Kozak out at second. Junior Stewart Martens followed with a single to the hole on the right side of the infield that IWU's second baseman was unable to stop. After a groundout moved the runners to second and third, Golembo and senior Andrew Dwoskin hit back-to-back RBI singles to make the score 7-2 before a strikeout ended the rally.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Washington U. sent 11 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on six hits and two errors to take an 8-7 lead. Junior Chris Lowery led off with a double down the left-field line, and junior Brandon Deger hit a single to right field before Kozak lined a two-RBI double down the left-field line to cut the Bears' deficit to 7-4. Senior Kyle Billig drew a two-out walk and stole second. Kozak scored on Billig's steal when the IWU catcher's throw to second went into the outfield. Golembo and Dwoskin hit back-to-back singles, before junior Zack Kessinger was issued a walk to load the bases. Lowery then hit a single thorugh the left side of the infield that scored two runs to give the Bears the 8-7 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Illinois Wesleyan used a leadoff single and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 8-8. The Titans had a chance to take the lead in the inning when Jon Frericks doubled to right field with two outs, but Derek Idstein was called out at home when he slid past the plate without touching it and Kozak tagged him out to end the inning. The score remained 8-8 until the bottom of the 12th when Kessinger led off with single up the middle. Freshman Brad Margolin went in to pinch run for Kessinger and stole second before moving to third on a groundout by Lowery. Deger drew a walk and Kozak was intentionally walked to load the bases, before IWU's Kyle Snedeker threw a pitch in the dirt that got past the catcher and allowed Margolin to score the game-winning run for Washington U.
Illinois Wesleyan outhit the Bears 18-12 in the game, but the Titans left 17 baserunners stranded in the game, compared to nine for Washington U. Golembo (3-for-5, run, walk, RBI), Kozak (2-for-4, two RBIs, two walks, run), Dwoskin (2-for-6, two RBIs, run) and Lowery (2-for-6, two RBIs, run) led the Bears offensively in the game. Junior Dom Quaranta pitched 4.2 innings in his fourth start of the season, allowing seven runs on 12 hits and five walks, while striking out three. Freshman Scott Nelson came in to relieve Quaranta in the fifth inning, limiting Illinois Wesleyan to one unearned run on four hits, while recording two strikeouts. Freshman Nick Gollin (1-0) earned the first win of his career with 4.1 innings of relief, holding the Titans scoreless, while allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out three.
GAME 2 – Illinois Wesleyan 5, Washington U. 1 – 7 innings
The Bears were unable to get their offense going in the second game of the doubleheader, as they were limited to seven hits in the game. Illinois Wesleyan scored a run on two hits in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, and extended it to 4-0 with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Washington U. ended the shutout with a run in the bottom of the sixth when freshman CJ Price hit a two-out single to center field to make it 4-1. The Titans added a run in the top of the seventh and Washington U. left two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh as Illinois Wesleyan picked up the 5-1 win.
Junior Kunal Patel (0-1) scattered eight hits and allowed five runs, just three earned, in six solid innings of work in his second start of the season. Sophomore Spencer Neal pitched the final inning for Washington U., allowing one hit. Price finished 2-for-2 at the place with an RBI and a walk to lead the Bears.
Washington U. (7-9) closes its four-game homestand with a contest against No. 14-ranked Concordia University Chicago Sunday, March 23. First pitch is scheduled for Noon at Kelly Field.
Bear Notebook: The teams combined for just one extra-base hit in game two … Golembo has now reached based safely in all 16 games for the Bears this season.