St. Louis, Mo., April 9, 2016 – Senior Max Golembo delivered a walkoff single in game one and juniors Brad Margolin and Scott Nelson both pitched complete games as the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep against Fontbonne University Saturday afternoon at Kelly Field. The Bears won game one 2-1, before earning a 13-3 win in eight innings in game two.
WashU improved to 19-11 on the season with the two wins, while Fontbonne had its four-game winning streak ended and dropped to 10-15. The Bears are scheduled to host Iowa Wesleyan University for a single game at Noon Sunday. WashU then travels to Sauget, Ill., to take on Webster University at 7 p.m. Tuesday at GCS Ballpark.
GAME ONE: WASHU 2, FONTBONNE 1
Margoling pitched a one-hit complete game and Golembo drove in the game-winning run with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift WashU to a 2-1 victory in game one.
Fontbonne got on the scoreboard first with an unearned run in the top of the second inning. Margolin shut down the Griffins after that, retiring the final 22 batters he faced in the game. The Bears' offense was also held in check until the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, junior Austin Darmawan reached on a bunt single, but came all the way around to score the tying run when the Griffins made two errant throws on the play.
The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the ninth. Sophomore Conor O'Hara led off with a single through the left side on an 0-2 pitch and senior Kyle Kozak drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by junior Spencer Egly moved the runners into scoring position and Darmawan was intentionally walked to load the bases. Golembo then lined a single to center field to give the Bears the walkoff win.
WashU outhit the Griffins 7-1, and the Bears also drew seven walks in the game. Margolin (4-1) picked up his fourth win of the season, allowing one unearned run and tying his career-high with nine strikeouts without issuing a walk. He faced just two batters above the minimum in the second complete game of his career. Golembo was 3-for-4 to lead the Bears offensively.
GAME TWO: WASHU 13, FONTBONNE 3
Fontbonne jumped out to a 3-1 lead after scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. WashU got one run in the bottom of the inning to trim the lead to 3-2, then opened up a 6-3 lead by plating four runs on three straight doubles down the line by Egly, Darmawan and Golembo in the bottom of the fourth.
The Bears added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and took advantage of an error to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend the lead to 12-3. Freshman Evan Nagel drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to give the Bears the 13-3 win.
Nelson (4-4) got the win in the fifth complete game of his career, allowing two earned runs on four hits, while recording seven strikeouts. Nine different players recorded hits for the Bears in the game, including six with multi-hit performances. Junior Christian Santos finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead WashU's offense.
Bear Notebook: WashU is now 36-7 against Fontbonne since the 1985 season … The Bears improved to 9-1 at home this season … Game two was the Bears' third walkoff win of the season … Golembo finished 5-for-8 on the day, increasing his career hits total to 181 and moving him into eighth on WashU's all-time leaderboard … He also moved into a tie for third with Ryan Corning (2003-06) with the 146th run scored of his career … WashU's 16 hits in game two was the team's 16th double-digit hit performance this season, and sixth in the last seven games … The Bears scored double-digit runs for the 11th time this season with their 13 runs in game two … Golembo now has 55 multi-hit games in his career.