WashU Baseball Takes Two from No. 10 Emory

Photo by Scott Margolin
Photo by Scott Margolin

WashU Baseball Takes Two from No. 10 Emory
St. Louis, Mo., Apr. 1, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team relied on strong pitching during Saturday's University Athletic Association (UAA) doubleheader sweep of No. 10 Emory University, picking up a 6-2 victory in game one before a 5-2 win in the second at Kelly Field.
 
The Bears improved to 15-5 on the year overall, including a 3-0 mark in the UAA while Emory dropped to 19-10 and 2-5 in the UAA. WashU allowed just four runs on 11 hits during 18 innings.
 
Senior Jake Mintz earned his third victory of the season by pitching three hitless shutout innings of relief in the first game as the Bears broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Senior Scott Nelson picked up his second win of the year by holding Emory to one unearned run in six innings.
 
Game 1: WashU 6 – No. 10 Emory 2
 
Emory scored during the top of the first to take an early lead, capitalizing on a fielding error. Nick Chambers led the frame off with a single and advanced to second base when attempting to steal second base on a fielding error. Two batters later he scored the Eagles first run of the series on a grounder.
 
WashU was unable to answer back until the fourth inning when senior Christian Santos distracted Emory's shortstop on a potential inning ending grounder. With two-outs and runners on first and second, senior Ted Daley ripped the ball towards the shortstop before Santos blocked the view of the fielder before getting out of the way.
 
The ball went through the fielder's legs and allowed Santos to even the score at 1-1. Senior Tate Maider pulled a ball through the left side of the infield, which scored junior Conor O'Hara, who had previously walked. The Bears took a 2-1 lead.
 
The Eagles evened the score at 2-2 in the sixth. Senior Bill Heisler replaced sophomore John Howard after a single up the middle by Bubby Terp. Terp stole second base and scored with two outs on a single by David Draper.
 
WashU exploded for four runs in the eighth inning on a run scoring single by O'Hara, and a bases loaded walk by sophomore Evan Nagel. Senior Austin Darmawan helped WashU to two more runs when he hit a popup to left field that was dropped. The Bears led 6-2 heading into the ninth inning.
 
Mintz finished the game with his third straight one-two-three inning. He entered the contest with the score tied at 2-2 in the top of the seventh.
 
Howard pitched five and one-third innings while holding Emory to two runs (one earned) on six hits. Heisler allowed one hit in two-thirds of an inning pitched while Mintz struck out three during his perfect three innings.
 
O'Hara and Maider's two hits apiece led the Bears offense while Santos led the team with two runs scored. Senior Ben Browdy was held hitless for the first time in 37-games played but earned a walk to continue his on-base streak to 38-games.
 
Game 2: WashU 5 – No. 10 Emory 2
 
Nelson held the Eagles to two hits over six innings pitched while striking out six with one walk. He was backed with three runs in the first inning as WashU did not relinquish the lead.
 
Freshman John Brinkman hit a slow roller up the first baseline for a run-scoring infield hit. Sophomore Auggie Mense scored on the play. O'Hara plated Santos with the second straight run-scoring infield single. Daley and freshman Thomas Gardner walked in back-to-back plate appearances with the latter resulting in a run by Brinkman.
 
Emory scored its lone run off of Nelson in the third and added one in the seventh but senior Matt Clohisy did not allow the Eagles to come within three runs. He closed out the contest with a three-inning save, striking out two with one hit and a walk to his pitching line.
 
WashU added a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Browdy scored in the fifth on a wild pitch after reaching base with a hit-by-pitch to extend his on-base streak to 39-straight games. Santos knocked in Men'se in the sixth with an infield single towards the left side gap.
 
Darmawan finished game two with two of the Bears six hits while Mense scored multiple runs for the ninth time this season.
 
The Bears and Eagles four-game UAA series will conclude Sunday with an 11 a.m. game at Kelly Field. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.