Sauget, Ill., May 20, 2016 — Senior Julian Clarke tossed a complete game allowing one run on seven hits as No. 4 seed Washington University in St. Louis baseball team stayed alive in the 2016 NCAA Division III Central Regional with a 5-1 win over No. 2 seed and No. 19-ranked Wartburg College Friday at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.
WashU improved to 33-17 with the win, while Wartburg ended its season with a 34-13 mark. The Bears take on No. 1 seed and No. 14-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in an elimination game at 7 p.m. UW-Whitewater eliminated WashU from the NCAA Tournament a year ago with a 3-0 win.
"I thought Julian was everything of what you needed a senior to be in an elimination game in a regional," said first-year WashU head coach Pat Bloom. "He was tough, he commanded the zone and got ahead in the count. I am very proud of him."
Clarke (6-4), who tossed a complete-game a year ago in an elimination game against UW-Whitewater, sat down nine batters in a row at one point and allowed just a solo homerun to Jake Thumann in the sixth inning. He struck out five and did not walk a batter en route to his sixth-career game.
The Bears loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third after singles by junior Spencer Egly and Golembo and a hit-by-pitch to Darmawan. After a strikeout out by Santos, Browdy ripped a single to left to drive in two runs. Senior Kyle Kozak added an RBI groundout to push the lead to 4-0.
The Bears added the insurance run with a safety squeeze by junior Tate Maider in the eighth.
Golembo went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and moved into fifth on the WashU all-time list with 206. Freshman Ethan Kuehl added a pair of hits for WashU, who had nine in the win .
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears are 6-19 all-time in 10 trips to the NCAA Tournament, and have won two games in the NCAA for the first time in school history … Golembo played in his 160th career game, fifth most in school history … Browdy leads NCAA Division III with 77 RBIs … Darmawan leads NCAA Division III with 89 hits … WashU is 3-2 against Wartburg since 1985 … Golembo picked up his 40th walk of the season, one shy of the WashU single-season record … WashU is one win shy of the single-season record … The Bears are 2-5 against ranked teams this season, with Clarke making the start in both games.
2016 NCAA Division III Central Regional Bracket:
Wednesday May 18
Game 1 — #1 UW-Whitewater 11, #6 Westminster (Mo.) 4
Game 2 — #5 Rose-Hulman 7, #2 Wartburg 2
Game 3 — #4 WashU 8, #3 Augustana (Ill.) 0
Thursday May 19
Game 4 —#2 Wartburg 8, #6 Westminster (Mo.) 0
Game 5 — #1 UW-Whitewater 15, #4 Augustana (Ill.) 3
Game 6 —#5 Rose-Hulman 4, #4 WashU 2
Friday May 20
Game 7 —#5 Rose-Hulman 8, #1 UW-Whitewater 0
Game 8 —#4 WashU 5, #2 Wartburg 1
Game 9 — #4 WashU vs. #1 UW-Whitewater, 7 p.m.
Saturday May 21
Game 10 — Rose-Hulman vs. Winner Game 9, Noon
Game 11 — If necessary, same teams as in Game 10, 3:30 p.m.