Early Offense Lifts Baseball to 12-5 Win at Millikin Thursday

Decatur, Ill., March 20, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team used a six-run third inning to take control as the Bears earned a 12-5 road win at Millikin University Tuesday afternoon.

Washington U. improved to 6-7 overall with the win, while Millikin dropped to 4-5. The Bears begin a four-game homestand by hosting No. 6- ranked Webster University Friday, March 21. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Kelly Field at Irv Utz Stadium.

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs on two hits and an error in the top of the first inning. Senior Andrew Dwoskin reached on a two-out error, and junior Zack Kessinger followed with an RBI double. Junior Chris Lowery then hit the Bears' first homerun of the season to make it a three-run game. Millikin took advantage of back-to-back walks with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the inning to cut the Bears' lead to 3-2.

Washington U. broke the game open in the top of the third inning, scoring six runs on six hits and an error to make it 9-2. Senior Kyle Billig led off with a single, and Dwoskin followed with his team-leading fourth double of the season to score Billig. Dwoskin scored on an RBI single by Kessinger, and junior Brandon Deger and freshman CJ Price followed with back-to-back singles. An RBI groundout by junior Andrew Goldstick made it 7-2, before senior Dylan Reid reached on an error to keep the inning alive. Price, who moved to third when Reid reached base, scored on a double steal, and sophomore Max Golembo hit an RBI single to left field to extend the Bears' lead to 9-2. Millikin scored three runs in the bottom of the third to make it a four-run game.

In the top of the fourth inning, Dwoskin walked to leadoff the inning, and came around to score Kessinger reached second on two errors by the Millikin second baseman. The score remained 10-5 until the top of the eighth, when Washington U. added two more runs to make the score 12-5. Goldstick reached on an error to start the inning, and Reid and Golembo drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Billig drove in a run with a fielder's choice, and Dwoskin hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the 12th run of the game for Washington U.

Kessinger went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs to lead the Bears offensively. Dwoskin (1-for-3, two RBIs, three runs) and Lowery (1-for-2, two RBIs, run) also recorded multiple RBIs for Washington U. The Bears finished with nine hits and left a season-low four runners on base in the game.

Sophomore Spencer Neal, making his first career start, allowed five runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out two in three innings of work. Sophomore Chris Sanderson (1-2) picked up the win for the Bears, recording four strikeouts and allowing just one hit in two innings of relief. Sophomore Julian Clarke (two innings, one strikeout), sophomore Michael Johnson (one inning, two strikeouts, one hit) and junior Ian Kelso (one inning, one strikeout, one hit) also pitched in relief for Washington U.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. recorded all nine of its hits in the first three innings … It was Johnson's first career appearance on the mound … Lowery extended his hitting streak to eight games … Golembo and Dwoskin have reached base in all 13 games this season.