Sanford, Fla., March 10, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team scored two early runs, but was limited to two hits over the final six innings as No. 9 Emory University earned a 5-2 win over the Bears Tuesday evening at the UAA Championship.
WashU dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the UAA with the loss, while Emory improved to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. The Bears return to action at 5 p.m. (ET) against New York University Wednesday, March 11. The Violets sit in a tie for second in the UAA standings with a 2-1 record in their first season of baseball since 1974.
WashU's first four batters reached base in the top of the first inning as the Bears took a quick 1-0 lead. Junior Max Golembo drove an 0-2 pitch to left field for a leadoff single and sophomore CJ Price followed with a walk. Senior Chris Lowery singled to center field to load the bases for senior Zack Kessinger, who came through with an RBI single through the right side of the infield to put the Bears ahead 1-0. With the bases still loaded, Emory got back-to-back strikeouts and a flyout to get out of the inning.
The Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff homerun over the left-field wall to tie the game at 1-1. Emory got two more base runners on with two outs in the inning, but junior Kyle Kozak picked off the runner at second to end the inning. The score remained 1-1 until the top of the third, when Lowery hit a one-out double to right-center and Kessinger followed with an RBI single to the gap in left-center to put the Bears ahead 2-1.
Emory took advantage of timely hits in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game. The Eagles got a leadoff double by Philip Maldari, who then stole third before scoring on a two-out single to shallow right field that once again tied the score at 2-2. Wilson Morgan drove a hard liner up the middle to keep the inning going for Emory, and Chris Young hit a chopper up the middle to drive in the Eagles' second run of the fourth before WashU got a groundout to end the inning. Emory added a run on one hit in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 4-2, before scoring the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Emory finished with 10 hits in the game, while WashU had eight. The Eagles also turned three double plays in the game, including one each in the seventh and eighth innings. Lowery finished 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Kessinger accounted for both of the Bears' RBIs as he went 2-for-4. Golembo was also 2-for-4 with a run scored, while sophomore Ben Browdy accounted for WashU's other hit in his first start of the season.
Junior Julian Clarke (0-1) took the loss for the Bears despite putting together one of the best pitching outings of his career. He scattered eight hits and allowed four runs in six innings. Five of Clarke's career-high seven strikeouts came in the second and third innings, including three called strikeouts in the second. Sophomore Max Cormier pitched the final two innings for the Bears, allowing one run on two hits, while recording one strikeout.
Bear Notebook: WashU is 3-5 against Emory in the past five seasons at the UAA Championship … Kessinger's two hits moved him into a tie with Steve Steinbruegge (1997-00) for ninth on WashU's career leaderboard with 173 … Lowery's double was the 30th of his career, three shy of entering the Bears' all-time top-10 list … Kessinger also moved past Bob Wallace (1992-95) for ninth on WashU's career RBIs list with 116 … The six innings pitched was a career-high for Clarke … Kessinger extended his hitting streak to 10 games.