St. Louis, Mo., April 26, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team passed 20 wins with a doubleheader sweep against Greenville College on Senior Day at Kelly Field Saturday afternoon. The Bears earned a 10-4 win in seven innings in game one, before holding off a ninth-inning rally by Greenville to pick up an 11-10 win in game two.
Washington U. improved to 21-15 on the season with the wins, while Greenville dropped to 17-18. The Bears are scheduled to host Blackburn College for a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Kelly Field.
GAME ONE – Washington U. 10, Greenville 4 – 7 innings
Graduate student pitcher Matt Tracy issued a leadoff walk in the first inning and the Panthers were able to score two runs on just one hit in the inning. In the bottom of the first, sophomore Max Golembo and freshman CJ Price hit back-to-back singles ahead of an RBI single through the right side by junior Chris Lowery to make the score 2-1.
The Bears added four runs on four hits in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Senior Kyle Billig led off with a double that the Greenville center fielder was unable to catch on a diving attempt, and he moved to third on a groundout. Junior Andrew Goldstick drove a ball to deep left-center field for a sacrifice fly to score Billig. Golembo drew a two-out walk and stole second before scoring on a single up the middle by Price. Lowery hit his second single of the game to keep the inning alive, and junior Zack Kessinger roped a two-RBI double to right-center field to make the score 5-2 in favor of Washington U.
Greenville scored another run on a two-out homerun by Tim Osborne in the top of the third to cut the Bears' lead to 5-3. Washington U. was held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, before adding four more runs on four two-out hits in the bottom of the fifth. Billig and sophomore Kyle Kozak hit back-to-back two-out singles to get the rally started for the Bears. Billig scored on a wild pitch that allowed Kozak to move to third before Goldstick reached on a walk. After Goldstick stole second, Golembo lined a two-RBI single to center field to put the Bears ahead 8-3. Price followed with an RBI single to make it 9-3 after five innings. The Panthers turned a leadoff double into a run in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 9-4, but Kessinger led off the bottom of the sixth with his second double of the game. Senior Andrew Dwoskin followed with a single and junior Brandon Deger hit a sacrifice fly to center field to make the score 10-4.
Tracy earned the complete-game victory for the Bears to improve to 4-2 this season, marking the fifth complete game of his career. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, while striking out four. Washington U. outhit Greenville 15-5 in the game. Price was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, and Lowery went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Golembo finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
GAME TWO – Washington U. 11, Greenville 10
Washington U. led 11-3 heading to the ninth inning, before Greenville rallied with seven runs on seven hits to cut the lead to 11-10. Freshman Brad Margolin entered the game with the tying run on first base with one out. He got a foul popup that Kessinger was able to run down near the Greenville dugout, then Margolin sealed the win for the Bears with a called strikeout to end the game.
Washington U. got on the board first with a run on a pair of errors by the Panthers in the bottom of the first inning. Greenville took advantage of two errors by the Bears in the top of the fourth inning to take the lead with three runs. The Panthers got their first two batters on with singles and Shane Olmsted reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. Junior Dom Quaranta looked like he would get out of the inning without any runs after back-to-back strikeouts and a groundball to second, but an error on the fielder's choice allowed a run to score and kept the inning alive for Greenville. The Panthers added two more runs to take a 3-1 lead.
After being held hitless through the first three innings, Washington U. got four hits in the bottom of the fourth to score four runs. Lowery hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Junior Brian Cizek roped a two-out RBI double and Billig followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 3-3. Billig scored from second on a passed ball that went to the backstop to put the Bears ahead. Kozak reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Goldstick. Kozak then scored the Bears' fifth run of the game while Goldstick was caught in an inning-ending rundown. Washington U. added two more unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 7-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, Billig hit a leadoff single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball. Kozak drew a walk and Goldstick reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Price hit a sacrifice fly for the Bears' second out of the inning, scoring Billig to put Washington U. ahead 8-3. Kessinger and Lowery followed with back-to-back two-out RBI singles as the Bears built a 10-3 advantage. Freshman Matt Clohisy and Price led off the bottom of the eighth with back-to-back singles and freshman Christian Santos hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Clohisy for what proved to be the game-winning run.
Greenville outhit the Bears 17-11, but Washington U. took advantage of four Panther errors to score five unearned runs in the game. Greenville also left 11 runners on base in the game, compared with six for the Bears. Billig finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Lowery was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Goldstick also had a two-hit performance as he went 2-for-4 with a run.
Quaranta (2-3) threw seven strong innings for the Bears, scattering eight hits and allowing three unearned runs, while striking out a career-high 10 batters. Freshman Bill Heisler pitched a scoreless eighth inning, recording two strikeouts for the Bears. Freshman Max Cormier and junior Ian Kelso gave up seven runs on seven hits in the ninth inning, before Margolin got the final two outs of the game to earn his fourth save of the season.
Bear Notebook: The Bears are 17-4 this season when tallying double-digit hits … Game two was the ninth victory for the Bears this season decided by one run … Billig started his 159th and 160th career games for the Bears, passing Fred Webb (1983-86) and Cornell Foggie (1985-88) to set a new Washington University career record for games played … Goldstick had one stolen base on the day, moving him into a tie for fourth with Mike North (1989-92) on Washington U.'s career leaderboard with 51 … Golembo finished with two steals to bring hi career total to 33, which is one shy of 10th on the WUSTL all-time leaderboard … Kessinger increased his career hits total to 152, five shy of entering Washington U.'s career top-10 list … Kessinger is also closing in on the Bears' top-10 career RBIs leaderboard, bringing his career total to 102, which is 10 shy of 10th … Golembo reached base safely in both games, extending his streak to 40 games, dating to April 30, 2013.