Greencastle, Ind., April 26, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team split a pair of one-run games Sunday, earning a 2-1 victory at DePauw University before falling 6-5 on an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth against Case Western Reserve University.
WashU is now 28-13 on the season. The Bears are scheduled to finish their regular-season home schedule with three games at Kelly Field next week, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest against Fontbonne University Tuesday, April 28. WashU then hosts Greenville for a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2.
WASHU 2, DEPAUW 1
The Bears got on the scoreboard in the top of the second with an unearned run. Senior Brandon Deger hit a one-out double to left-center. Junior Kyle Kozak drew a walk and Deger stole third, but the DePauw catcher threw the ball away on the play, allowing Deger to score and give the Bears a 1-0 lead. The Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring on back-to-back two-out singles to tie the game at 1-1.
WashU got runners on base in each of the next five innings, but were unable to plate the go-ahead run. Meanwhile, senior Max Zhang shut down the DePauw offense, allowing just two hits in the third through sixth innings. The Tigers got runners on first and second to lead off the bottom of the seventh, but Zhang got a pair of fielder's choice plays and a lineout to right field to keep DePauw off the scoreboard.
In the top of the eighth, sophomore CJ Price led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Deger. Price then scored the winning run on an RBI groundout by Kozak to put the Bears ahead 2-1. Zhang retired six of the next seven batters, including a pair of strikeouts, to earn the complete-game victory for WashU.
The Bears finished with nine hits in the game, but left 10 runners stranded. DePauw had eight hits and both teams hit into two double plays in the game. Zhang improved to 4-2 on the season for WashU, scattering eight hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Deger led the Bears offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.
CASE 6, WASHU 5
Case scored a pair of runs, including one unearned, in the bottom of the second to take an early 2-0 lead over WashU. The Bears got the bases loaded in the top of the third after senior Andrew Goldstick and junior Max Golembo drew back-to-back one-out walks, and sophomore Austin Darmawan was hit by a pitch. Senior Zack Kessinger delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to center field to tie the game. Price and Deger followed with back-to-back RBI singles to right field to put the Bears ahead 4-2. Price came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 5-2 in favor of WashU before the Spartans were able to get out of the inning with a groundout.
The Spartans got back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the fifth, but sophomore Brad Margolin got out of the inning with a fly out, a called strikeout and a groundout to preserve the three-run lead for WashU. Case erased the deficit the next inning, however, loading the bases with one out before a sacrifice fly and back-to-back two-out singles tied the game at 5-5.
WashU got the potential go-ahead run into scoring position each of the next three innings, but Case kept the Bears off the scoreboard to head to the bottom of the ninth still tied 5-5. In the bottom of the inning, the Spartans got three straight one-out singles and an error on the third hit allowed the winning run to score from second as Case rallied for the 6-5 win.
Case outhit the Bears 14-11, and WashU was held without any extra-base hits for just the fifth time this season. Price (4-for-5, RBI, run), Deger (3-for-4, RBI) and Kessinger (2-for-5, two RBIs, run) accounted for nine of the Bears' 11 hits and all four RBIs. Margolin allowed five runs, including one unearned, on seven hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Sophomores Jake Mintz and Bill Heisler combined to pitch two scoreless innings in relief. Sophomore Matt Clohisy (2-3) took the loss, allowing an unearned run on three hits in an inning of relief.
Bear Notebook: WashU and Case split four games this season … Kessinger reached base safely in both games, extending his streak to 46 games, which is tied for the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division III history … Deger finished the day 5-for-9, and extended his hitting streak to five games … The game against Case was Price's first four-hit performance of the season … Golembo has reached base safely in 22 straight games … Kessinger made his 164th and 165th career starts for the Bears Sunday.