La Crosse, Wis., May 15, 2015 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had its record-breaking season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to No. 3-ranked and defending national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday at the 2015 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional held at Copeland Park.
WashU ends its season tying the single-season school record for wins with a 34-16 record, while Wisconsin-Whitewater improves to 35-10. The Warhawks take on Concordia University Chicago Saturday at Noon in an elimination game.
"I could not be more proud of what these guys accomplished this year. This season was a tremendous success," said fifth-year head coach Steve Duncan. "We had our sights on advancing and things did not go our way today."
WashU's Class of 2015 – Brian Cizek, Brandon Deger, Andrew Goldstick, Ian Kelso, Zack Kessinger, Chris Lowery, Stewart Martens, Kunal Patel, Dom Quaranta and Max Zhang – closed out their careers with a 115-61 (.653) overall record. WashU won the 2013 and 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, and made a pair of NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2015.
Junior pitcher Julian Clarke (5-3) suffered the loss throwing a complete game allowing eight hits and three earned runs in eight innings pitched. It was Clarke's third complete game of the season.
"Julian deserved to win today. He really dominated one of the best hitting teams in the country and kept them off balance," Duncan added. "He battled and made big pitches when he needed to."
Goldstick went 2-for-3 as WashU had six hits and left seven runners on base in the loss.
Clarke kept UW-W off balance for the first two innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. In the third, the Warhawks put together a two-out rally after Nick Kuhlmann was hit-by-pitch and then scored on a single by Mikole Pierce.
WashU had its best opportunity to score in the top of the third after Cizek led off with a double and sophomore Austin Darmawan followed with an infield single. UW-W starter Lake Bachar got a pair of fly balls and a ground out to end the threat.
UW-Whitewater added a run each in the fifth and sixth innings to push the advantage to 3-0. Nick Cannon drove in a run with an RBI double in the fifth, and then Adam Gregory reached on an infield single in the sixth to drive in another run.
WashU put runners on first and second in the eighth after singles by junior Kyle Kozak and Goldstick, but Bachar got three-straight outs. Bachar (7-1) tossed a six-hit complete-game shutout with four strikeouts and a walk. Cannon and Pierce each had two hits for UW-W.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears were 2-4 against top-25 teams this season … UWW also won the other meeting between the two teams in the NCAA Tournament – a 3-2 win on May 14, 2009 … WashU is 4-18 all-time in nine NCAA appearances … Kessinger had his streak of 54-straight games reaching base come to an end … The Bears did not score a run in 20 innings played Friday.
WASHU RECORDS SET IN 2015
Single-season - Individual
At-bats – Lowery, 204
Hits – Lowery, 84
RBIs – Lowery, 67
Putouts – Kessinger, 405
Games Pitched – Matt Clohisy, 19 (tied)
Best Pitching Record – Scott Nelson, 8-0 (tied)
Saves – Clohisy, 8
Single-season - Team
Wins – 34 (tied)
Runs – 367
Fielding percentage - .960
Double plays – 45
Games played – 1. Kessinger (174), 2. Goldstick (170), 4. Lowery (165)
Batting average – 5. Lowery (.384)
Hits – 1. Lowery (243), 2. Kessinger (237), 7. Goldstick (182)
Doubles – 4. Kessinger (45), T8. Lowery (38)
Stolen bases – 4. Goldstick (65), 7. Golembo (47), 9. Lowery (38)
Runs scored – 9. Lowery (133), T10. Kessinger (124)
RBIs – 1. Kessinger (162), 4. Lowery (152)
Career games pitched – 2. Zhang (51)