Greencastle, Ind., April 25, 2015 – After waiting through rain and lightning delays most of the day, the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to earn a 3-1 win over Case Western Reserve University when the game was called after five innings due to continued heavy rain.
The Bears' second game scheduled for Saturday against host DePauw University was cancelled due to the other delays. WashU improved to 27-12 overall with the win over Case, who dropped to 20-12. The Bears are scheduled to play DePauw at 10 a.m. (ET) Sunday, followed by another game against Case at 1 p.m. (ET).
WashU got on the scoreboard first against the Spartans, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Max Golembo led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Austin Darmawan. Senior Chris Lowery then singled up the middle to drive in the Bears' first run of the game. Senior Zack Kessinger followed with a single, but Lowery was picked off at second and a groundout ended the inning with WashU holding a one-run lead.
Case answered in the top of the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 on a two-out single. The Bears regained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Andrew Goldstick hit a single to center field to lead off the inning and Golembo notched his third hit of the game with a single through the hole at shortstop. After a wild pitch moved them up to second and third, Lowery was intentionally walked to load the bases. Kessinger reached on a fielder's choice, but an error by the Case first baseman allowed Goldstick to score what proved to be the game-winning run. Sophomore CJ Price reached on a fielder's choice that scored Golembo to extend the Bears' lead to 3-1 before the inning ended and the game was called.
WashU finished with eight hits in the five-inning game, including a 3-for-3 performance by Golembo. He also accounted for two of the Bears' three runs scored. Sophomore Scott Nelson improved to 6-0 on the mound for WashU this season, allowing just three hits and one run, while recording three strikeouts in the complete-game win.
Bear Notebook: It was WashU's fifth win in a row … The Bears are 17-6 this season when scoring the first run of the game … WashU improved to 2-1 against Case this season … Kessinger extended his streak of reaching base safely to 44 consecutive games, which is the seventh-longest streak in NCAA Division III history … Golembo reached base safely for the 20th game in a row … Lowery brought his program-record career hits total to 230 … It was Golembo's seventh multi-hit performance in his last 11 games played.