Chicago, Ill., May 9, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team recorded 19 hits and scored runs in seven of nine innings as the Bears earned a 13-1 win at the University of Chicago Friday afternoon.
Ten different players had hits for Washington U. in the game as the Bears outhit Chicago 19-5 in the game. Senior Kyle Billig (3-for-6, four runs, RBI) and junior Brandon Deger (3-for-5, run, RBI) each had three hits for the Bears, while junior Zack Kessinger (2-for-4) finished with a team-high five RBIs in the win. Freshman Nick Gollin improved to 8-1 on the mound this season for the Bears, throwing seven shutout innings to get the win. Sophomore Julian Clarke pitched the final two innings for Washington U., allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out a career-high four batters.
Washington U. got on the scoreboard in the first inning with an RBI groundout by Kessinger that scored Billig to make it 1-0. In the top of the third, Billig led off with a single and junior Chris Lowery walked, before Kessinger got his second RBI of the game with a single to right field. Lowery scored on a double-play ball to make it 3-0 in favor of the Bears.
Three runs on four hits in the top of the fourth extended Washington U.'s lead to 6-0. Freshman CJ Price and sophomore Max Golembo hit back-to-back one-out singles to put runners on first and third for the Bears. Billig followed with an RBI single to left field, and Kessinger lined a two-RBI triple to the gap in left-center field to put the Bears ahead 6-0. In the top of the fifth, Washington U. added two more runs on a two-RBI single by Golembo as the Bears stretched the lead to 8-0.
Senior Andrew Dwoskin and Deger hit back-to-back solo homeruns to left field in the top of the sixth to make the score 10-0 in favor of Washington U. An RBI single by Lowery and a sacrifice fly by Kessinger made the score 12-0 in the top of the eighth inning. Chicago finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning on a one-out homerun to make the score 12-1, before junior Brian Cizek scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch after hitting a two-out double in the top of the ninth.
Washington U. improved to 27-15 with the win, while Chicago dropped to 9-26. The Bears conclude the regular season with a doubleheader against the Maroons beginning at Noon Saturday, May 10, in Chicago.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. has won 20 of its last 23 games … WUSTL has had double-digit hits in nine of its last 11 games, outhitting its opponents 129-83 in those games … The Bears are 21-4 this season when recording double-digit hits … Billig's three hits brought his career total to 206, passing Cornell Foggie (1985-88) for second on Washington U.'s all-time career leaderboard … It was Kessinger's 20th multiple-hit game of the year … Billig extended his hitting streak to 10 games … Sophomore Kyle Kozak had two doubles against Chicago, and in his last four games has gone 8-for-13 at the plate with five doubles.