Early Offense, Strong Pitching Propel Baseball to 11-3 Win at Illinois College

Early Offense, Strong Pitching Propel Baseball to 11-3 Win at Illinois College

Jacksonville, Ill., April 23, 2014 – In its first road game since March 20, the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team scored nine runs in the first four innings to cruise to an 11-3 win at Illinois College Wednesday afternoon.

Washington U. jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Senior Andrew Dwoskin led off with a double and junior Brandon Deger followed with his first homerun of the season to quickly put the Bears ahead 2-0. Junior Andrew Goldstick reached on a fielder's choice, senior Dylan Reid was hit by a pitch and sophomore Max Golembo walked to load the bases with one out. Freshman CJ Price then reached on an error and Goldstick and Reid both scored on the play to make it 4-0 in favor of Washington U.

Illinois College got a pair of hits between three called strikeouts by freshman Nick Gollin to score a run in the bottom of the second and make it 4-1. In the top of the third, junior Zack Kessinger drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning and Dwoskin followed with his second double of the game to put runners on second and third with no outs. Deger hit an RBI groundout and Billig drove a sacrifice fly to center field to extend the Bears' lead to 6-1.

Washington U. added three more runs in the top of the fourth on RBI singles by Price and Deger and a sacrifice fly by Dwoskin to make the score 9-1. In the top of the eighth, freshman Austin Darmawan and Price hit back-to-back one-out singles and junior Chris Lowery hit a sacrifice fly to score Darmawan and extend the Bears' lead to 10-1. Illinois College plated two runs on a pair of two-out singles in the bottom of the eighth to make it 10-3, but senior Kyle Billig hit a one-out RBI triple in the top of the ninth to make the final score 11-3.

Gollin improved to 6-1 with his third win in his last three outings. In his second start of the season, Gollin threw seven complete innings, allowing one earned run and striking out 11. Junior Max Zhang allowed two runs on two hits in the eighth inning, while freshman Jake Mintz pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Washington U.

The Bears outhit Illinois College 12-9 in the game, including six extra-base hits for Washington U. Eight different players recorded hits for the Bears, led by Deger who finished 2-for-5 with a homerun, four RBIs and a run scored. Dwoskin was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs, while Price went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run.

Washington U. (18-15) returns to action at 6 p.m. at Greenville College Friday, April 25, before hosting the Panthers for a doubleheader on Senior Day at Kelly Field Saturday, April 26.

Bear Notebook: The win was No. 100 for fourth-year head coach Steve Duncan (100-61) ... It was the 18th double-digit hit game for the Bears this season as they improved to 14-4 in those contests … Billig's triple in the ninth was the 12th of his career, moving him into a five-way tie for third on Washington U.'s all-time career list … With two stolen bases in the game, Goldstick passed Brandon Rogalski (2009-12) for fifth on WUSTL's all-time career leaderboard with 49 … Deger's homer in the second inning extended his hitting streak to 16 games … Golembo reached base safely for the 37th consecutive game, dating to April 30, 2013.