No. 20 WashU Baseball's Schedule Shifts at Brandeis

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

Sat.-Sun., April 22-23 - Waltham, Mass. (Stein Diamond)
Brandeis Series (4-16, 2-10 UAA)
Saturday Doubleheader: 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. (ET)
Sunday Doubleheader: 9 a.m. & 12 p.m. (ET)
Live Video:
https://boxcast.tv/view/brandeis-baseball-vs-washu-216309
Live Stats:
http://www.brandeisjudges.com/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170421_nnr2.xml

Download full game notes HERE (PDF).

SCHEDULE ALTERATION The original schedule was shifted due to rain as the series opening game on Friday was moved. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at Noon (ET) and Sunday will now feature a doubleheader starting at 9 a.m. (ET) barring any future weather delays.

BRANDEIS SERIES WashU enters the weekend with the top record in the University Athletic Association at 6-2 after splitting a four-game series with Case Western last weekend. Brandeis (4-16, 2-10 UAA) also split its UAA weekend series with NYU to earn the Judges first conference wins of the season. Since the UAA formed, WashU holds a 23-14 advantage in the meetings between the Bears and Brandeis.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE WashU possesses the fourth best strength of schedule (.602). The NCAA Division III postseason selection committee determines strength of schedule using (two-thirds) opponents' winning percentage and (one-third) opponents' opponents' winning percentage.

NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK Senior pitcher Brad Margolin was named to D3baseball.com's National Team of the Week on April 18 and also earned UAA Pitcher of the Week. He threw a two-hit shutout against Case Western in the series opening 1-0 win. For the second UAA series in a row, Margolin pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Bears to victory.

STREAK TO REMEMBER Senior Ben Browdy moved into second place in WashU history reaching base in his 45th straight game bypassing Max Golembo's streak of 43. Zack Kessinger leads the WashU record book by reaching base in 54 consecutive games.

TOP-25 POLL STANDINGS WashU is currently ranked No. 20 in D3baseball.com's top-25 ranking and No. 21 in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) DIII Poll.

MINTZ RELIEF Senior Jake Mintz has transformed himself into the ace of the bullpen this season and is nearly unhittable. Prior to a limited workload this past weekend, Mintz led all of Division III baseball in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (3.24 H/9). The current leader is Kyle Uhrich of Webster University (3.08 H/9) and Mintz needs to up his inning total to match the number of games WashU plays in order to be eligible.

SETTING THE TABLE The Bears leadoff hitter, senior Austin Darmawan had one of his best weeks of the season last week going 7-for-20 in five games with two doubles while scoring two runs. Meanwhile in the two hole, junior Auggie Mense continues to lead the Bears in on-base percentage (.495) and runs scored (25). Mense leads the UAA in walks (25) and is fourth in OBP.

DOUBLE TROUBLE Senior Ben Browdy leads the UAA in doubles (14) and ranks 14th in Division III. Over the weekend he moved into a tie with Joe Kelly (2000-03) in 10th place with his 35th career double in WashU history.

PITCHING DEPTH Currently the Bears possess seven pitchers with ERAs below 4.00: Jake Mintz (0.72), John Brinkman (1.80), Brad Margolin (2.28), Zack Kotin (2.70), Matt Clohisy (3.52), John Howard (3.75) and Scott Nelson (3.82).