Grinnell, Iowa, April 2, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team recorded a season-high 20 hits, but Grinnell College scored an unearned run on a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to finish with an 11-10 victory over the Bears Saturday afternoon.
WashU dropped to 15-10 with the loss, while Grinnell improved to 11-3. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Bears scored the first run of the game when junior Austin Darmawan led off the game with a single to left field and junior Ben Browdy hit a two-out single to center to make it 1-0. The Pioneers took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Graham Fisher hit a three-run homer.
In the top of the second, junior Tate Maider hit a one-out homer to left field, and junior Spencer Egly followed with a single before coming around to score on a passed ball. Senior Max Golembo drove in the Bears' third run of the inning with a groundout to give WashU a 4-3 lead. Fisher hit his second three-run homer of the game in the bottom of the third to give the Pioneers the lead back at 6-4.
The Bears made it 6-5 in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Darmawan. WashU added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth to regain a 7-6 lead, but the Pioneers answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
WashU plated three runs in the top of the seventh on a two-RBI double by Browdy and an RBI single by freshman Ethan Kuehl, but Grinnell answered with another three-run homerun in the bottom of the inning to tie the game again at 10-10. The Bears put together three hits in the top of the eighth, but was unable to score the go-ahead run. With the score still knotted at 10, Grinnell got a one-out single and Fisher reached on an error that allowed him to get to third base. The Bears threw out one baserunner at home, but got an RBI single by the next batter to end the game.
WashU had a season-high 20 hits, while Grinnell finished with 12. The Bears left 18 baserunners stranded, while the Pioneers stranded just four. Seven different players recorded multi-hit games for WashU, led by Maider's 4-for-5 performance with two RBIs, two runs and a walk. Browdy (3-for-6, three RBIs, run) and Golembo (3-for-5, RBI, run) added three hits each.
Freshman Sean Clarke (1-1) took the loss after allowing an unearned run in 1.2 innings of relief. Junior Brad Margolin made his seventh start of the season, allowing seven runs on seven hits, while tallying five strikeouts, in six innings. Sophomore Alex Truss allowed three runs on two hits in his one inning of relief.
Bear Notebook: Grinnell has won seven of the last 10 games against WashU … Maider's four hits were a career-high … Golembo played in the 135th game of his career, and extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games … Golembo increased his career hit total to 175, and moved into a tie for sixth with Zander Lehmann (2006-09) on WashU's all-time runs scored list (139) … Clarke has still not allowed an earned run this season.