April 18, 2014

CJ Price's Career Day Lifts Baseball to Doubleheader Sweep Against DePauw

St. Louis, Mo., April 18, 2014 – Freshman CJ Price went 7-for-10 with four runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over DePauw University Friday afternoon at Kelly Field. The Bears earned a 10-6 win in game one, before Price hit a walkoff single to give WUSTL a 9-8 victory in game two.

Price also had two stolen bases in game two, making him 5-for-5 in steals this season. Senior Kyle Billig finished 5-for-9 with five RBIs and two runs scored in Friday's doubleheader. With the two runs, Billig brought his career total to 164, which tied Cornell Foggie (1985-88) as the all-time career runs leader in Washington University history.

Game One – Washington U. 10, DePauw 6

After tying the game 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, Washington U. took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runs on four hits. Senior Andrew Dwoskin and Price hit back-to-back singles to start the inning and junior Brandon Deger laid down a sacrifice bunt to move them to second and third. Billig then hit a two-RBI single to make the score 7-5 in favor of the Bears. In the bottom of the eighth, Washington U. added three more runs on four hits to extend the lead to 10-5. Junior Zack Kessinger, Dwoskin and Price hit three straight one-out singles and Billig followed with his second two-RBI single in a row to put the Bears ahead by five runs. After retiring the first nine batters he faced, freshman Nick Gollin allowed a leadoff walk and the Tigers scored one run in the top of the ninth before a groundout ended the game.

DePauw scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, and added another run on three hits in the top of the third to extend the lead to 3-0. In the bottom of the third, junior Andrew Goldstick hit a leadoff single up the middle and stole second ahead of a walk by sophomore Max Golembo. Junior Chris Lowery reached on a one-out fielder's choice, but the throw from the shortstop sailed out of play, allowing Goldstick to score.

In the top of the fourth, the Tigers' leadoff batter drew a walk and scored on a groundout to make the score 4-1. Dwoskin hit a one-out double down the left-field line in the bottom of fourth, and came around to score on a two-out single to center field by Deger, who reached second on the play. Billig followed with an infield single and an error on the play allowed Deger to score and Billig to reach second, making the score 4-3.

The Bears tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with one run on three hits, but left the bases loaded. Sophomore Kyle Kozak, Lowery and Kessinger hit three straight one-out singles to tie the score at 4-4. DePauw regained the lead with a run in the top of the sixth on a double and a triple, but Gollin got a shallow flyout and a pair of groundouts to keep the runner on third and get out of the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Billig was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Goldstick lined the first pitch he saw for a single. Golembo reached on a fielder's choice and Lowery drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Billig scored on a wild pitch to tie the game again at 5-5.

Washington U. finished with 18 hits, while DePauw had 10. Billig went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run. Dwoskin was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, while Goldstick was also 3-for-5 with a run and a stolen base. Gollin (5-1) picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season, allowing one run on no hits and striking out two in four innings of relief. Junior Dom Quaranta made his seventh start of the season, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits while recording four strikeouts in five innings of work. 

Game Two – Washington U. 9, DePauw 8

Washington U. led 8-4 heading to the ninth inning, but DePauw plated four runs on four hits and an error in the top of the ninth to tie the game. After tying the game with their fourth run of the inning, the Tigers had runners on first and second with two outs, but freshman Brad Margolin got the fourth batter he faced to fly out to center field to send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied 8-8.

Deger hit a high fly ball to right field that dropped for a single to leadoff the bottom of the ninth for the Bears. Senior Dylan Reid pinch ran for Deger and moved to second on a groundout before junior Brian Cizek was intentionally walked in a pinch-hit situation. Freshman Scott Nelson pinch ran for Cizek, giving Washington U. runners on first and second with one out. After an infield popup brought the Bears to their final out of the inning, Golembo singled through the left side of the infield. Reid was waved around third, and got caught in a rundown, but DePauw was unable to tag him out as he got back to third base safely to load the bases. Price took a 2-1 pitch and lined a hard single up the middle, just out of reach of the pitcher's outstretched glove, to score Reid and give the Bears the win.

Each team scored one run in the first inning, and the Tigers added two runs on three hits in the top of the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Bears took advantage of three errors by DePauw in the bottom of the second to score four runs on four hits and grab a 5-3 lead. Billig hit a leadoff single and Kozak reached on an error that allowed Billig to advance to third. Goldstick followed with an RBI single to left field. Golembo reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error that allowed Kozak to score to tie the game at 3-3. Price and Lowery hit back-to-back singles to give the Bears the lead, and Price came around to score on another error by the Tigers to make it 5-3. The Bears added a run in the bottom of the fourth and DePauw scored in the top of the sixth to make it 6-4. Billig and Kessinger each hit RBI singles as the Bears scored one run each in the seventh and eighth innings to stretch the lead to 8-4.

Washington U. outhit the Tigers 16-10 in game two. Price finished 5-for-6 with three runs, an RBI and two stolen bases. Kessinger was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Golembo (2-for-6, two runs, steal), Billig (2-for-5, run, RBI, steal) and Lowery (2-for-4, RBI, walk) also had two hits apiece. Graduate student Matt Tracy threw five innings for the Bears, allowing four runs, just two earned. Junior Max Zhang retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits in 3.1 innings of relief. Margolin (2-1) earned the win for the Bears, allowing one hit in 0.2 innings of work.

Washington U. improved to 16-14 with the two wins, while DePauw dropped to 10-13. The two teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader beginning at Noon Saturday.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. has recorded double-digit hits 16 times this season, improving to 12-4 in those games … Seven of the Bears' wins this season have been decided by one run, including four by walkoffs … Golembo extended his reached-base streak to 30 games … Billig passed Al Caldwell (1983-86) for third on Washington U.'s career games played list (154) … Kessinger has recorded at least one RBI in nine of the last 11 games for the Bears … Deger's hit in the bottom of the ninth of game two extended his hitting streak to 13 games … Price is the first Washington U. player to record more than three hits in a game this season.