St. Louis, Mo., March 17, 2016 – Washington University in St. Louis junior outfielder Christian Santos was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Baseball Championship Tournament to highlight four Bears named to the All-Tournament Team, as announced Thursday by the conference office.
In addition to Santos' selection as the MVP, junior shortstop Austin Darmawan, senior outfielder Max Golembo and junior pitcher Bill Heisler were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Golembo also earned All-Tournament honors in 2014, while the other three were first-time selections. Santos is the third WashU player in the last four years to earn Tournament MVP honors, joining Zack Kessinger in 2013 and Chris Lowery in 2015.
Santos led the UAA with 10 runs scored, and tied for first with two homeruns and nine RBIs in eight games at the tournament. He also finished third in the conference with a .448 (13-of-29) batting average, and tied for third with 13 hits. Santos recorded hits in seven of eight games played at the UAA Championship, including five multiple-hit performances. He hit a two-run walkoff homerun on an 0-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to lead the Bears to a 3-2 win over then-No. 3 Emory University March 11. Santos was also 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the Bears' 17-3 win over Brandeis University March 9.
Darmawan tied for third with four stolen bases and tied for seventh with 11 hits in eight games at the UAA Championship. He also tied for 10th in the conference with six runs scored. Darmawan recorded hits in six of eight games at the tournament, including a 3-for-6 performance with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Bears' win over Brandeis March 9.
Golembo batted a league-best .481 (13-for-27) in seven games played at the UAA Championship. He was also second with seven walks and tied for third with 13 hits. Golembo recorded hits in all seven games he played, including 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Bears' win over Emory March 11. He also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in the 15-3 victory over New York University March 13.
Heisler went 2-0 and was seventh in the UAA with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings at the UAA Championship. He allowed just two runs on six hits, and finished tied for fourth with nine strikeouts. Heisler allowed just two hits and recorded a career-high six strikeouts in eight innings to get the win in WashU's 1-0 victory over the University of Rochester March 7. He also picked up a win against NYU March 13 after allowing two runs on four hits, while recording three strikeouts, in six innings.
WashU finished with a 6-2 record at the UAA Championship, claiming the sixth conference title in program history. It was just the second outright UAA title for the Bears, and the first since 2005.