Sanford, Fla., March 11, 2016 – Junior Christian Santos drove an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team a 3-2 win over No. 3 Emory University Friday afternoon at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
After Emory scored a run in the top of the 10th to take a 2-1 lead, senior Max Golembo hit a one-out single to shallow center field to put the tying run on base for the Bears. After a flyout gave WashU its second out, Santos took a strike and fouled off a second pitch before hitting the game-winning homerun.
WashU broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Conor O'Hara hit a one-out single to left field and came around to score on back-to-back wild pitches. The Eagles took advantage of a hit batter with two outs in the top of the third and tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single on a two-strike pitch.
With the score still tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Santos led off with a bouncing single to third base and O'Hara hit the first pitch of his at-bat to the gap in left-center for a double. Junior Ted Daley drew an intentional walk to load the bases with no outs, but a fielder's choice, a popup and a strikeout ended the inning with the teams still tied. In the top of the 10th, Emory drew a leadoff walk in an eight-pitch at-bat and a one-out double gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Golembo (3-for-4), Santos (2-for-5) and O'Hara (2-for4) accounted for seven of WashU's eight hits in the game. Sophomore Alex Truss (1-0) earned the first win of his career with two-thirds of an inning of relief. Senior Julian Clarke pitched an outstanding 9.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out five.
WashU improved to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the UAA with its fifth win in a row, while Emory dropped to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Bears have a one-game lead over Case Western Reserve University in the UAA standings with two games remaining. WashU returns to action by taking on the University of Rochester at 11 a.m. (ET) Saturday.
Bear Notebook: WashU improved to 85-75 all-time in the UAA Championship … Golembo and O'Hara both extended their hitting streaks to seven games.