St. Louis, Mo., March 31, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team gave up 11 runs on 12 hits in the sixth and seventh innings as Webster University earned a 17-9 victory over the Bears Tuesday evening at Kelly Field.
WashU dropped to 15-6 overall with the loss, while Webster improved to 12-8. The Bears continue their nine-game home stand by hosting Fontbonne University at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. It will be the third game between the two teams this season, with WashU earning wins in each of the first two by scores of 8-6 and 7-2.
Sophomores Austin Darmawan and CJ Price drew back-to-back walks to start the game for WashU and senior Chris Lowery lined the first pitch he saw down the right-field line for an RBI double to give the Bears a quick 1-0 lead. Senior Zack Kessinger grounded out to shortstop, but Price scored on the play, ahead of an RBI double to the gap in left-center field by senior Brian Cizek that made it 3-0.
The Gorloks turned a leadoff error into an unearned run in the top of the second to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Bears. In the bottom of the inning, Darmawan lined a two-out triple over the right fielder and Price followed with a single to the hole at shortstop to extend WashU's lead to 4-1. Lowery and Kessinger hit back-to-back singles to load the bases, but a groundout ended the inning. The Gorloks scored three runs on three hits and two walks in the top of the third to tie the game at 4-4.
Webster added two runs on four hits in the top of fourth to take its first lead of the game at 6-4. WashU answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs to tie the game again at 6-6. Darmawan reached on a one-out single, but was out at second on a fielder's choice to first by Price. Lowery singled past second base on a hit and run that allowed Price to advance to third, before Kessinger drove a pitch to deep center field for a two-RBI standup double to tie the game.
In the top of the sixth, the Gorloks regained the lead for good with three runs, including two unearned, to make it 9-6. A leadoff single by Price and back-to-back errors on pickoff attempts by Webster allowed WashU to score a run in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within 9-7. Webster broke the game open in the top of the seventh with eight runs on nine hits, including a string of five straight singles, to extend the lead to 17-7. The Bears scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 17-9.
The Bears' first four batters in the lineup accounted for 11 of their 15 hits in the game. Lowery finished 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Kessinger was 3-for-5 with a team-high four RBIs, and Darmawan (2-for-5, triple, walk, two runs) and Price (2-for-3, two walks, RBI, three runs) added two hits each.
Freshman Liam Cotter pitched 3 1/3 innings in his third start of the season, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. The Bears used six relief pitchers in the game. Sophomore Jake Mintz (1-1) took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run and striking out two in his inning of work. Senior Ian Kelso (1 2/3 innings) and juniors Cameron Adams (1 inning) and Spencer Neal (1 inning) each held the Gorloks scoreless in their appearances on the mound. Senior Dom Quaranta and sophomore Bill Heisler combined to pitch the seventh inning, giving up eight earned runs.
Bear Notebook: Webster had a runner reach base in each of the first eight innings … The Bears are 7-3 this season when scoring in the first inning … WashU is 9-4 this season when scoring the first run of the game … The Bears have recorded double-digit hits in 12 games this season … With his four hits, Lowery passed 200 career hits, bringing his career total to 201 … Lowery moved into a tie with Joe Kelly (2000-03) for eighth on the Bears' all-time career doubles leaderboard with 35, while Kessinger moved into a tie for 10th with Bob Wallace (1992-95) with 34 … Lowery extended his hitting streak to 17 games … Kessinger and Lowery have both reached base safely in all 21 games for the Bears this season.