Sauget, Ill., April 14, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team led Webster University for seven innings, but the Gorloks hit a game-tying homerun in the bottom of the eighth before a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth gave Webster a 6-5 win over the Bears Tuesday night at GCS Ballpark.
WashU got on the scoreboard in the first inning when junior Max Golembo led off the game with a single and advanced to third when the Webster center fielder misplayed the hit. Sophomore Austin Darmawan lined a sacrifice fly to deep right field to quickly put the Bears ahead 1-0. Senior Chris Lowery singled through the left side of the infield and senior Zack Kessinger followed with a double down the third-base line. Junior Kyle Kozak was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs, but a groundout ended the inning as WashU left three runners stranded.
The Gorloks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with two runs on three hits, but WashU answered in the top of the second. Senior Brandon Deger led off the top of the second with a single up the middle and senior Andrew Goldstick drew a walk. Golembo hit a two-RBI double to the gap in left-center field as the Bears regained a 3-2 advantage. Lowery hit a one-out single over second base to score Golembo and extend the Bears' lead to 4-2.
After giving up two runs in the first inning, sophomore Scott Nelson retired 13 of the next 16 batters he faced, before Kyle Uhrich hit a one-out solo homerun to bring Webster to within 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. Nelson allowed a two-out walk in the inning, but got a strikeout to end the sixth with WashU still leading by a run.
The Bears got the run back in the top of the seventh. Darmawan laced a one-out single to center field, and Lowery followed by lining an RBI double to right-center field to make the score 5-3 in favor of the Bears. Kessinger drew a four-pitch walk, but the Gorloks changed pitchers and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Nelson got five straight outs before being replaced after 7 2/3 innings of work by sophomore Matt Clohisy in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Uhrich barely beat out a choppy single to second to keep the inning alive for Webster and Jeff Kammer followed by lining a two-run homer over the short fence in center field to tie the game at 5-5. Kessinger hit a two-out single to center in the top of the ninth, but a popup ended the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, the Gorloks got a leadoff double down the first-base line, just out of Kessinger's diving reach. Adam Naliwajko then delivered a single to right field and the runner from second was able to touch home plate just ahead of Kozak's tag to end the game.
The Bears outhit Webster 10-9 in the game. Lowery finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Golembo was 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Kessinger added a 2-for-4 performance as the Bears' top four batters in their lineup combined for eight of the 10 hits. Golembo, Lowery, Kessinger and Goldstick each had doubles for the Bears in the game. Nelson allowed three runs on five hits, while recording two strikeouts, in 7 2/3 innings. Clohisy (2-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 1/3 of an inning of relief.
WashU dropped to 19-11 with the loss, while Webster extended its win streak to 11 games to improve to 21-8. WashU returns to action with a road game at Iowa Wesleyan College Wednesday, April 15. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The Bears then host Webster for the last of three scheduled games against the Gorloks this season at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Kelly Field.
Bear Notebook: It was the first road loss of the season for WashU, who is now 5-1 on the road … The Bears lost to Webster 17-9 March 31 at home … Goldstick played in his 150th career game for the Bears, tying Andy Shields (2004-07) for eighth on the Bears' career games played list, while Lowery moved into a tie for 10th with Dave Huegy (1986-89) by playing in his 145th career game … It was Lowery's 35th multiple-RBI performance of his career … Lowery's three hits brought his career total to 215, one shy of WashU's all-time career leader, Brandon Rogalski (2009-12) … Lowery also moved into a tie for eighth with Kyle Billig (2011-14) on the Bears' career doubles list with 38 … Kessinger has reached base safely in all 30 games this season and has a 35-game reached base streak dating to April 30, 2014.