Auburndale, Fla., March 16, 2016 – The No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis baseball team was unable to overcome big second innings by No. 12 Ramapo College as the Bears dropped both seven-inning games of the doubleheader 8-5 and 9-4 Wednesday afternoon.
WashU dropped to 12-7 with the two losses, while Ramapo remained unbeaten at 10-0. The Bears return to action by taking on Wheaton College (Mass.) at 12:45 p.m. (ET) Thursday at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
GAME ONE - #12 RAMAPO 8, #22 WASHU 5
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game one after senior Max Golembo hit a single and junior Ben Browdy reached on an error. They came around to score on a two-out single to right by sophomore Conor O'Hara, then freshman Wright Lindgren drove in the third run of the inning with a double.
The Roadrunners answered with a huge second inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs on seven hits. Ramapo added two more runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 8-3. In the bottom of the sixth, junior Spencer Egly and senior Kyle Kozak both drew walks to start the inning. Kozak was erased on a fielder's choice by junior Austin Darmawan, but Egly scored on a single up the middle by Golembo. After stealing third, Darmawan then scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Christian Santos to cut the Roadrunners' lead to 8-5. The Bears got two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to get a run across.
WashU finished with nine hits in the game, while Ramapo had 14. Golembo, O'Hara and Lindgren each went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Bears offensively. Senior Julian Clarke (2-1) took the loss, allowing seven earned runs, while striking out four in the fifth complete game of his career.
GAME TWO - #12 RAMAPO 9, #22 WASHU 4
After taking advantage of a leadoff walk to score an unearned run in the bottom of the first, Ramapo six straight one-out hits to score four more runs in the bottom of the second. The Roadrunners added another unearned run on a two-out error by the Bears in the second to take a 6-0 lead after two frames.
The Bears got on the scoreboard with a pair of two-out hits in the top of the third. Darmawan doubled to the gap in right center, then Golembo hit a single through the left side of the infield to make it 6-1. The Roadrunners added an unearned run in the third and two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 9-1.
WashU got two runs back in the top of the fifth when Darmawan drew a bases-loaded walk and Golembo followed with an RBI on a fielder's choice to cut the Ramapo lead to 9-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Darmawan hit a two-out single through the right side to make it 9-4, but he was left stranded at third to end the game.
WashU finished with seven hits, compared with 11 for Ramapo. Darmawan was 2-for-3, and he and Golembo finished with two RBIs apiece. The Bears also had seven errors that led to five unearned runs in the game. Freshman Zack Kotin (2-2) took the loss after allowing six runs, two unearned, on seven hits in 1.1 innings. Sophomore Alex Truss pitched two-thirds of an inning, and freshman Sean Clarke threw four innings, allowing three unearned runs while striking out a career-high five batters.
Bear Notebook: WashU is 1-4 against ranked teams this season … Golembo's hitting streak reached 12 games … Darmawan had two stolen bases on the day, bringing his career total to 37 and moving him into a tie for ninth with Chris Lowery (2012-15) on WashU's all-time leaderboard.