Sauget, Ill., April 12, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 6-3 loss at Webster University Tuesday night at GCS Ballpark.
WashU took the lead in the top of the third when junior Austin Darmawan scored from second on a two-out single by junior Christian Santos. Junior Julian Clarke pitched a no-hitter through five innings before giving up a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the sixth. The Gorloks took the lead later in the inning when a runner was caught stealing second but allowed a runner from third to score.
The Bears answered in the top of the seventh when sophomore Conor O'Hara and freshman Ethan Kuehl hit back-to-back triples to start the inning. After Tate Maider drew a walk, Kuehl got out when senior Kyle Kozak reached on a fielder's choice. Junior Spencer Egly then drew a walk to load the bases. Darmawan gave the Bears a 3-2 lead with a high popup that three Webster players were unable to catch, but the Gorloks got Egly out at second on the play, then got a groundout to end the inning.
Webster took advantage of an error by the Bears on a fielder's choice play in the bottom of the seventh, then drove in three runs with a pair of singles. The Gorloks made it 6-3 when a balk was called on the Bears before Kozak threw out a baserunner at third and junior Jake Mintz got a strikeout to end the inning. WashU brought the tying run to the plate in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but popups ended each of those scoring threats as the Gorloks held on for the win.
WashU outhit Webster 7-6 in the game, but the Bears left nine baserunners stranded compared to three for the Gorloks. O'Hara led the Bears offensively by going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and a run scored. Julian Clarke pitched six complete innings for WashU, allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out five. Junior Bill Heisler (2-1) took the loss for the Bears after allowing two runs, one unearned, in one-third of an inning of relief. Freshman Sean Clarke, Mintz and junior Max Cormier combined to pitch the final 1 2/3 innings for the Bears.
WashU dropped to 20-12 on the season with the loss, while Webster improved to 16-12. The Bears return to action by hosting a three-game series against the University of Chicago Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17. First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for Noon at Kelly Field.
Bear Notebook: WashU is 45-14 against Webster since the 1985 season, and the Gorloks have won three of the last four games between the two teams … It was head coach Pat Bloom's 600th career game … O'Hara extended his hitting streak to 11 games … O'Hara's hit in the seventh was the first triple of his career … Golembo reached base safely for the 27th game in a row.