Sanford, Fla., March 11, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team scored seven runs in the first two innings, and two pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout in the Bears' 10-0 win in seven innings over New York University Wednesday evening at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
After a 30-minute rain delay, WashU got off to a quick start with sophomore starter Scott Nelson striking out two NYU batters as part of a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning junior Max Golembo led off with a bunt single, and senior Chris Lowery drove the first pitch he saw over the left-field wall for a one-out homer to put the Bears ahead 2-0.
The Violets got a runner to third with one out in the top of the second, but Nelson got a called strikeout and a fielder's choice to senior Andrew Goldstick at shortstop to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the second, the Bears' first three batters reached as senior Brandon Deger was hit by a pitch and sophomore Austin Darmawan and Goldstick each drew walks to load the bases. Golembo followed with a fielder's choice to second that scored Deger. Sophomore CJ Price then singled to center field to drive in Darmawan to extend the lead to 4-0. Lowery followed with a two-RBI double down the left-field line, then stole third before scoring on an RBI groundout by senior Zack Kessinger that made the score 7-0 in favor of the Bears.
NYU got a pair of singles to start the top of the fourth inning, but Nelson got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a fly out to keep the score 7-0. In the bottom of the fifth, Kessinger drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, before sophomore Christian Santos singled through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners with one out. Deger drove in Kessinger on a single to right-center to make the score 8-0.
In the top of the sixth, NYU got runners on the corners with one out, but Nelson got David Wagner to ground into an inning-ending double play to keep the Violets off the scoreboard. The Bears got the bases loaded with three straight walks to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore Ben Browdy grounded into a double play, but senior Stewart Martens scored on the play to extend the lead to 9-0. Golembo followed with a single to center field that scored Darmawan to end the game.
Nelson (1-0) picked up the win, scattering four hits and recording five strikeouts in six innings in his first start. Junior Michael Johnson retired all three batters he faced in the seventh inning, including one strikeout. The Bears recorded eight hits in the game, including two each by Lowery (2-for-3, four RBIs, two runs, double, homerun) and Golembo (2-for-5, two RBIs, two runs).
WashU improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the UAA with the win, while NYU dropped to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Midway through UAA play, the two teams are tied for third in the conference standings, two games behind first-place Emory University. WashU continues conference play by facing Brandeis University at 2 p.m. (ET) Thursday, March 12.
Bear Notebook: It was the first-ever UAA game between WashU and NYU, who reinstated its varsity baseball program this season for the first time since 1974 … The Bears had a season-high six stolen bases in the game … Lowery's two hits brought his career total to 170, three shy of entering WashU's all-time top-10 list … It was Lowery's fourth multiple-hit game of the season, as well as his team-leading fourth multiple-RBI performances … Golembo, Kessinger, Lowery and Price have all reached base safely in all six of WashU's games this season … Lowery's homerun in the first was the fifth of his career … Kessinger made his 130th career start for the Bears, while Goldstick started his 125th career game.