Conway, Ark., Feb. 20, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team came up short in both games of its season-opening doubleheader at Hendrix College Saturday afternoon.
WashU (0-2) and Hendrix (2-4) complete their three-game series with one game Sunday. First pitch is slated for Noon at Warrior Field.
GAME ONE – HENDRIX 2, WASHU 1
The Bears didn't take long to score their first run of the season, getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first. Junior Austin Darmawan reached on a leadoff hit by pitch and stole second before advancing to third on a groundout by senior Max Golembo. Darmawan then came around to score when junior Ben Browdy reached on a one-out error. WashU got another runner on with one out in the inning but a pair of strikeouts ended the threat.
WashU maintained the one-run lead until the bottom of the sixth inning. After a pair of flyouts to start the inning, Hendrix got a walk and three straight two-out singles to take a 2-1 lead. The Bears got a runner on in each of the last three innings, but were unable to plate the tying run.
WashU was limited to three hits in the game, while Hendrix finished with six. Junior Scott Nelson (0-1) took the loss for the Bears, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three in six innings of work. Junior Bill Heisler and sophomore Alex Truss combined to pitch the final two innings for the Bears.
GAME TWO – HENDRIX 6, WASHU 4
WashU got on the scoreboard first again in game two, taking a 1-0 lead after Darmawan hit a leadoff single and came around to score on a one-out RBI single by Browdy. The Warriors answered with four straight hits to start the bottom of the first and finished the inning scoring five runs on six hits to grab a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the third, Darmawan drew a leadoff walk and Browdy got a one-out single through the left side. After a double steal, junior Tate Maider drew a walk to load the bases. Sophomore Conor O'Hara followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to make it 5-2, but a strikeout and a line out left the bases loaded for WashU in the inning.
The Bears added two more runs in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Auggie Mense reached on a one-out single to left-center field and Darmawan was hit by a pitch. Browdy then got his third hit of the game, a two-out triple to right field to cut the Hendrix lead to 5-4. The Warriors got a run back in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-4, but freshman Zack Kotin got back-to-back strikeouts to leave the bases loaded for the Warriors in the inning. WashU managed three more baserunners in the final five innings, but all came with two outs and the Bears were unable to complete the comeback.
WashU finished with nine hits, while Hendrix had 15. Browdy led the Bears offensively, finishing 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Darmawan was 1-for-3 and accounted for three of WashU's four runs scored. Junior Brad Margolin (0-1) gave up five runs on nine hits in three innings of work. Kotin pitched four innings of relief, recording six strikeouts and allowing one run, before Truss pitched the final scoreless inning of relief.