May 10, 2014

Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Chicago to Finish Regular Season

Chicago, Ill., May 10, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had its 11-game winning streak come to an end with a 7-5 loss at the University of Chicago Saturday afternoon, but the Bears bounced back with an 11-1 win in game two of the doubleheader in the regular-season finale.

Washington U. finished the regular season with a 28-16 record, winning 21 of its last 25 games of the season. The Bears will await official announcement of whether they earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship when qualifiers are released late Sunday evening.

GAME ONE – Chicago 7, Washington U. 5

After leading 5-4 through seven-plus innings, three costly errors by the Washington U. defense in the bottom of the eighth inning led to three unearned runs as Chicago rallied for the 7-5 win. Chicago scored two runs each in the second and third innings to take an early 4-0 lead in the game. Washington U. cut the deficit to one run in the top of the fourth. Junior Brandon Deger hit a leadoff single up the middle and senior Andrew Dwoskin followed with an RBI double to the gap in left-center field to get the Bears on the scoreboard. An error by Chicago on a single by sophomore Kyle Kozak allowed Dwoskin to score, and junior Andrew Goldstick hit an RBI double to left-center to make the score 4-3.

The Maroons maintained their one-run lead until the top of the seventh inning. Senior Kyle Billig hit a one-out single and came around to score the tying run on a double to left-center by Deger. A single by Dwoskin through the left side of the infield scored Deger from second to give the Bears their first lead of the game at 5-4.

Washington U. outhit Chicago 17-13 in the game, but the Bears left 12 baserunners stranded, compared with 10 for the Maroons. Dwoskin led the Bears offensively, finishing 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Deger (3-for-5, double, RBI, two runs) and freshman CJ Price (3-for-5, double) had three hits each. Graduate student Matt Tracy made the start on the mound for the Bears, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Junior Dom Quaranta (2-4) took the loss despite not allowing any earned runs and recording three strikeouts in 4.2 innings of relief. Freshman Brad Margolin got the final two outs for the Bears in his team-leading 14th appearance of the season.

GAME TWO – Washington U. 11, Chicago 1

The Bears broke open a 3-1 game with eight unanswered runs in the final three innings of game two. Billig and Dwoskin led off the top of the second with back-to-back singles. An RBI groundout by Goldstick and an RBI single by sophomore Max Golembo put Washington U. ahead 2-0. The Maroons answered with a run on two hits in the bottom of the second to cut the Bears' lead to 2-1, but Washington U.'s pitchers shut down the Chicago offense, allowing just five hits by the Maroons the remainder of the game.

An RBI single by Deger in the top of the fifth extended Washington U.'s lead to 3-1. The Bears added to their lead with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh. Deger led off with a single and scored on an RBI triple by Billig. It was his 15th career triple, making him Washington U.'s all-time career leader. After Dwoskin walked and Kozak hit a single to load the bases, Billig scored on a wild pitch. A single by Golembo and a fielder's choice by Lowery scored Dwoskin and Kozak to push Washingotn U.'s lead to 7-1.

Two more runs with two outs in the top of the eighth made it 9-1 in favor of the Bears. Dwoskin hit a two-out double to left field and Kozak drew a walk ahead of a two-RBI double by Goldstick. In the top of the ninth, Washington U. made it 11-1 on a two-RBI double down the left-field line by freshman Christian Santos.

Graduate student Stephen Bonser (4-1) earned the win for the Bears, allowing one earned run on six hits in five innings of work. Junior Kunal Patel, freshman Scott Nelson and junior Max Zhang combined to pitch the final four innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three while keeping the Maroons scoreless in those innings.

Washington U. outhit the Maroons 17-8 in game two, with nine different players getting hits.  Junior Zack Kessinger finished 3-for-5 in game two. Golembo, Lowery, Deger, Billig, Dwoskin and Kozak accounted for two hits each and combined for nine runs scored and five RBIs.

Bear Notebook: Washington U.'s Class of 2014 – Bonser, Tracy, Billig, Dwoskin and Dylan Reid – has helped the Bears to a 110-62 record in the past four seasons … WUSTL recorded double-digit hits in 11 of its last 13 games, outhitting its opponents 163-104 in those games … Washington U. posted double-digit hits in 27 games this season, posting a 22-5 mark in those contests … Billig added four hits on the day to bring his career total to 210, six shy of tying Washington U.'s all-time career record … Bonser has pitched in 45 career games, tied for eighth in Washington U. history … The win brought Bonser's career record to 23-9, tying with Andy Shields (2004-07) for fourth on WUSTL's career wins list … Bonser had two strikeouts to give him 200 in his career … Billig finished the regular-season on a 12-game hitting streak for the second year in a row … Golembo reached base in 42 of 44 regular-season games, and has reached safely in 72 of 78 career games played … Kozak finished the regular season with a six-game hitting streak, going 11-for-22 with six doubles, five runs and three RBIs in those games.