St. Louis, Mo., March 1, 2017 – The No. 20-ranked Washington University in St. Louis baseball team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to an 11-5 victory over Greenville College on Wednesday evening at the Irv Utz Stadium.
WashU improved to 2-2 on the year while dropping Greenville to 1-3 early on in the spring season. The Bears combined to total 13 hits en route to scoring 11 runs, the second time on the season WashU has surpassed 10 or more. The Red and Green utilized three pitchers on the day with senior Jake Mintz claiming the victory.
With gusty winds blowing out towards right field the Bears fell behind when the Panthers' leadoff man Jesse Getz homered. The Bears quickly responded though with a five run bottom of the first.
Senior Ben Browdy drilled a pitch to deep right field that easily cleared the fence to score sophomore Auggie Mense, which gave the Bears the lead they would not relinquish. WashU was not finished as Tate Maider singled up the middle to knock in senior Christian Santos. Freshman John Brinkman followed the hit with a hard hit ball to the third baseman that got away for two more Bears' runs.
WashU expanded its lead with multiple runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Brinkman drove a ball to deep left centerfield past the diving centerfielder for a two-run scoring triple; and in the fourth, Mense had an RBI double before scoring on Santos' single up the middle.
Sophomore pitcher John Howard recovered from the leadoff homer with four solid innings. He finished the day with four innings pitched and just two earned runs while striking out two before being relieved by Mintz in the fifth after back-to-back walks.
Greenville was able to score two runs in the fifth inning that the Bears neutralized with three consecutive hits in the bottom half of the frame. Brinkman singled, senior Scott Nelson tripled and senior Austin Darmawan singled to put the Bears back up by seven as Brninkman and Nelson scored.
Mintz did not allow an earned run while throwing four innings and striking out one. Senior Brad Margolin ended the game for WashU by tossing a three-up, three-down ninth inning.
Brninkman led the Bears with three hits in four at bats while totaling two RBI to tie Browdy for the team lead. Browdy and Santos both collected two hits apiece. Mense and Ted Daley scored multiple runs for the Bears as all nine of WashU's starters scored at least once.
The Bears will return to action Saturday against Luther College at 2 p.m. before facing the Norse twice on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.