St. Louis, Mo., March 4, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team ran its winning streak to six games with a doubleheader sweep of Augustana College (Ill.) Friday afternoon at Kelly Field.
Senior Julian Clarke tossed a complete-game victory allowing four hits and two unearned runs in a 4-2 win in game one, and then junior Brad Margolin tossed six innings allowing two earned runs in a 6-2 win in the nightcap.
With the two wins, first-year coach Pat Bloom upped his career win total to 399.
"The guys were ready to play today and knew Augustana (7-3) was a strong club. We faced their top two arms, and our kids played some competitive baseball," Bloom said. "Our top three starters have given us some good outings this year, and it was no different today. Julian and Brad both mixed in their secondary stuff, and kept a powerful lineup off balance all day."
WashU 4, Augustana (Ill.) 2
Junior Ben Browdy went 1-for-3 and drove in all four runs in game one. Browdy had the game-winning hit with a two-out, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning.
Clarke (2-0) struck out three and walked one en route to his fourth career complete game. He retired the first 11 batters in a row before giving up a two-out single to Nathan Gray in the top of the fourth.
WashU was without a hit for the first three innings, but junior Austin Darmawan singled up the middle to leadoff the fourth. Darmawan moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on an infield single by senior Max Golembo. He came home on an RBI groundout by Browdy.
Augustana took the 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth scoring two runs on two hits. John Swiderski recorded a two-out single to left off Clarke to drive in both runs.
WashU put together a rally in the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits. Senior Kyle Kozak and Darmawan singled with two outs, and then Golembo reached on an error. Browdy cleared the bases on the ensuing at-bat with a double to right.
Darmawan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Golembo was 2-for-4. WashU recorded six hits in game one.
WashU 6, Augustana (Ill.) 2
Margolin was excellent in his third start of the season. He limited Augustana to six hits and did not walk a batter. Junior Matt Clohisy tossed two innings allowing three hits while striking out three, while junior Scott Nelson pitched the ninth and struck out two.
The two teams traded runs in the first, as sophomore Conor O'Hara drove in the first run of the game for WashU on an infield single. Browdy recorded his fifth RBI of the day on a groundout in the third to make it 2-1.
After giving up a run in the first, Margolin retired 10-straight batters and did not allow a hit until the fifth. Kozak extended the advantage to 3-1 with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth.
The Bears tacked on two runs in the fifth to push the lead to 5-1 on an RBI double by junior Tate Maider and a sacrifice fly by O'Hara.
Darmawan went 3-for-4 and was on base four times, while Golembo (2-for-4, two runs scored) and Maider (2-for-3, RBI, walk, run scored) also had multiple-hit games.
WashU (6-2) opens play in the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Sunday, March 6, against No. 3-ranked Emory University. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. (ET) in Sanford, Fla.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU improved to 7-3 against Augustana since 1985 … It was the first meeting between the two teams since March 19, 1995 … The Bears are 5-0 at home this season … Golembo increased his career runs total to 125, moving into 10th on WashU's all-time career leaderboard … Golembo also moved into a tie for fifth with Mike North (1989-92) on the Bears' career stolen bases list with his 51st career steal.