Kyle Billig Sets Career Runs Record as Baseball Splits Doubleheader with DePauw
St. Louis, Mo., April 19, 2014 – Senior Kyle Billig scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two to become the all-time career runs scored leader in Washington University in St. Louis baseball history as the Bears split a doubleheader with DePauw University Saturday afternoon. DePauw scored in the ninth inning to get a 3-2 win in game one, before Washington U. held on for a 6-5 win in game two.
Billig scored his record-breaking run in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two to give Washington U. a 5-4 lead. It was Billig's 165th career run scored in his 156th game played, passing Cornell Foggie (1985-88) for first on WUSTL's all-time runs leaderboard. Already the Bears' career stolen bases record holder, Billig also hit his 35th career double in the first game Saturday to tie Joe Kelly (2000-03) for seventh on Washington U.'s all-time career list.
Game One – DePauw 3, Washington U. 2
DePauw scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to take a 3-2 lead and threw the potential game-tying run for the Bears out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth to end Washington U.'s five-game win streak. The Tigers turned a leadoff single into the game-winning run in the ninth before graduate student Stephen Bonser ended the inning with a called strikeout. Junior Brandon Deger led off the bottom of the ninth with a first-pitch double off the left-field fence. Senior Dylan Reid pinch ran for Deger and advanced to third on a groundout. Junior Brian Cizek drew a walk and junior Stewart Martens pinch ran for him. Junior Andrew Goldstick reached on a fielder's choice, but Reid was thrown out at home on the play, and Martens was caught trying to steal third to end the game.
In the bottom of the second, junior Zack Kessinger got a leadoff single but was out at second on a fielder's choice that put senior Andrew Dwoskin on first. Billig hit a two-out double to move Dwoskin to third and sophomore Kyle Kozak followed with a single through the hole at shortstop to score Dwoskin. Kozak advanced to second on the throw, but Billig was called out at home on a throw from second on the play to end the inning.
The Tigers scored a run on three singles in the top of the fourth to tie the game 1-1. The Bears answered in the bottom of the inning with a run to regain the lead. Dwoskin drew a one-out walk and Deger singled to left field. Billig reached on a fielder's choice and an error on the play allowed Dwoskin to score to make it 2-1 in favor of Washington U. In the top of the fifth, DePauw scored a run on a pair of two-out singles to again tie the game. The Tigers got the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, but Bonser got a flyout to end the inning. Washington U. got its first to batters on base in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore Max Golembo drew a walk and freshman CJ Price was hit by a pitch, but back-to-back called strikeouts and a groundout left them stranded to send the game to the ninth inning still tied 2-2.
Bonser (1-1) threw the 18th complete game of his career, but took the loss despite striking out eight batters. Kozak finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Bears offensively, while Deger was 2-for-4 with a double.
Game Two – Washington U. 6, DePauw 5
DePauw jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Washington U. answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Price drew a one-out walk and stole second with two outs ahead of an RBI single by Kessinger. Junior Chris Lowery followed with a double to the gap in left-center field to score Kessinger from first and tie the game. Lowery scored on an error to give Washington U. a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers scored one run each in the second and third innings to take the lead back 4-3. In the bottom of the fifth, Deger hit a one-out single and Kessinger followed with his third single of the game. Lowery reached on a fielder's choice and Dwoskin followed with a double that scored Deger, but Lowery was called out sliding into home to end the inning with the score tied 4-4.
Billig and Reid both reached on errors to start the sixth inning for the Bears, and Billig scored his record-breaking run on a groundout by Goldstick to put Washington U. ahead. Reid was caught stealing third for the second out of the inning, but Golembo singled to keep the inning alive and stole second before scoring on a single by Price to make the score 6-4. The Tigers scored a run on two hits in the top of the eighth to cut the Bears' lead to 6-5. Goldstick hit a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth for the Bears, but was left stranded on second. DePauw got its leadoff batter on with an error to start the ninth inning, but freshman Scott Nelson got a fielder's choice, flyout and strikeout to end the game and seal the win for the Bears.
Junior Kunal Patel improved to 3-1 on the season, scattering six hits and allowing five runs, including three earned, in 7.2 innings of work for the Bears. Nelson earned the first save of his career with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Kessinger finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Dwoskin was 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Washington U. offensively in game two. The Bears outhit DePauw 11-6 and had five stolen bases in the game, while taking advantage of five errors by the Tigers.
Washington U. (17-15) completes its 20-game homestand by hosting Blackburn College Monday, April 21. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Kelly Field.
Bear Notebook: Game two marked the 17th time this season Washington U. has had double-digit hits, and the Bears are 13-4 in those games … The second game was the eighth one-run win for the Bears this season … Bonser passed Andy Shields (2004-07) for fourth on Washington U.'s all-time career innings pitched list with 265.1 … Bonser's eight strikeouts moved him past George Schmidt (1972-75) and Kirt Ervin (1991-94) for seventh on Washington U.'s all-time career leaderboard … Deger extended his hitting streak to 15 games … Golembo has reached base in all 32 games this season… Kessinger has recorded at least one RBI in 10 of the last 13 games for the Bears.