St. Louis, Mo., April 28, 2015 – All nine starters recorded hits, including seven with multi-hit performances, for the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team as the Bears earned a 17-4 seven-inning victory over Fontbonne University Tuesday afternoon at Kelly Field.
WashU improved to 29-13 on the season with the win, while Fontbonne dropped to 17-18. The Bears close their home schedule for the season with a doubleheader against Greenville College beginning at Noon Saturday, May 2.
WashU got on the scoreboard in the first inning with two runs on three hits to take a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Austin Darmawan hit a one-out single through the hole at shortstop, before coming around to score on a single by senior Zack Kessinger. Sophomore CJ Price then doubled to the gap in left-center to score Kessinger from first and make it 2-0 in favor of the Bears.
In the bottom of the second, sophomore Christian Santos led off with a single, before freshman Conor O'Hara drew a walk and senior Andrew Goldstick hit a single to shallow center field to load the bases. Junior Max Golembo then drove a 2-0 pitch to the fence in center field for a bases-clearing standup triple. A sacrifice fly by Darmawan scored Golembo to extend the Bears' lead to 6-0. WashU added a run in the bottom of the third when Price was hit by a pitch to start the inning and came around to score on a fielder's choice by Goldstick.
The Bears doubled their score in the bottom of the fourth inning, sending 12 batters to the plate to score seven runs on eight hits. Darmawan led off with a double and senior Chris Lowery drove in his 60th RBI of the season with a single through the right side of the infield to make it 8-0. Kessinger reached on an error, and WashU then strung together six straight singles by Price, senior Brandon Deger, Santos, O'Hara, Goldstick and Golembo to push the lead to 13-0. Darmawan's second sac fly of the game made it 14-0 before a fielder's choice and a line drive to second ended the inning.
Fontbonne ended the shutout by scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 14-4. The Bears answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 17-4, before shutting down the Griffins' offense in the final two innings to end the game.
WashU tallied 19 hits in the game, the second-highest single-game total for the Bears this season. Fontbonne had eight hits in the contest. Golembo finished 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, five RBIs and a run scored. Deger was also 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. In the first start of his career, O'Hara went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Darmawan (2-for-3, double, two RBIs, two runs), Price (2-for-4, double, RBI, run), Santos (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) and Goldstick (2-for-3, RBI, run) also added two hits each.
Senior Kunal Patel picked up the win on the mound for WashU to improve to 4-1 this season. He pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks in the game. Junior Spencer Neal threw two scoreless innings of relief, equaling his career high with two strikeouts.
Bear Notebook: Lowery's 60 RBIs tied the WashU single-season school record set by Brandon Rogalski in 2011 … The 17 runs scored and 14 RBIs were both season-highs for WashU … The Bears were 4-0 against Fontbonne this season, outscoring the Griffins 43-13 in those games … Kessinger has reached base safely in 47 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in NCAA Division III history … Golembo has reached base safely in 22 straight games … It was Price's 20th multi-hit game of the season and the 35th of his career … WashU improved to 19-6 this season when scoring the first run of the game.