No. 14 WashU Gears Up for NCAA Regionals at GCS Ballpark

Photo by Chris Mitchell/WashU Sports Info
Photo by Chris Mitchell/WashU Sports Info


NCAA Game 1: vs. North Central College (25-16)  Thursday, May 18 3:30 P.M.

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NCAA Game 2-4: vs. TBD, Friday-Sunday, May 19-21 12:00, 3:30 or 7:00 p.m.

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To download full game notes, click HERE (PDF).

NCAA BASEBALL WashU received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament as the No. 2 seed of the Central Region. The Bears are scheduled to face the No. 5 seed North Central. The region's No. 1 seed Birmingham Southern will face No. 6 seed Greenville. Also playing in Thursday's opening regional games is No. 3 seed Wartburg against No. 4 seed and regional host Webster University.

FAMILIARITY WashU has played three of the five teams selected to the central region during the 2017 season. Despite dropping three of five games against No. 6-ranked Birmingham Southern, Greenville and Webster, all of the Bears losses were decided by two runs or less.

PITCHING ACUMEN WashU's pitching staff has held the opposition to three earned runs or less in 20 games this season, or 59 percent of the games played. The Bears' 3.01 earned run average ranks fifth in the nation and the pitching staff also boasts several other top-10 figures across the country including: WHIP (1.10, second), hits allowed per nine innings (7.45, third), shutouts (eight, fourth) and walks allowed per nine innings (2.41, eighth). WashU's 3.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio also ranks 11th.

UAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK Senior pitcher Brad Margolin was named UAA Pitcher of the Week after tossing his fifth straight complete game. This past Friday, he pitched nine innings allowing just two unearned runs on three hits with zero walks and seven strikeouts vs. Chicago. Margolin earned the honor for the sixth time this season and ninth of his career. With his ninth victory of the season and 23rd of his career he moved into a tie for fourth place in WashU career wins. Margolin ranks second in WHIP (0.70) in the country to Webster's Josh Fleming (0.67). He also ranks eighth in complete games with six, seventh in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.17), 10th in hits allowed per nine innings (5.57), 10th in walks allowed per nine innings (0.73), 10th in victories (nine) and 28th in ERA (1.70).

UAA HITTER OF THE WEEK Senior shortstop Austin Darmawan was named the UAA Hitter of the Week after shelling out 10 hits in 18 at-bats against Chicago over the weekend increasing his career total to 200. With the big weekend he moved back into the top-10 in WashU career batting average (.371, ninth). Darmawan also stole three bases to move into fourth place in career stolen bases (68).

ALL-UAA Six Bears were honored by the University Athletic Association on Wednesday, not including Pat Bloom and assistants that were named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year. Also earning honors were Brad Margolin as Co-Pitcher of the Year, and First Team all-UAA. Joining him on the first team were Ben Browdy and Austin Darmawan, while Jake Mintz, Christian Santos and Zack Kotin earned all-UAA Second Team accolades.

TOP-25 WashU powered its way up the ranks to No. 14 in the poll and No. 16 by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The Bears possess the second best strength of schedule according to (.595). 

A look at the No. 5 seed North Central College Cardinals (25-16)...

  • Head coach Ed Mathey (3rd year in second stint, 12th year overall at NCC)
  • Cardinals won their third straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title
  • All-CCIW honorees include: Michael Mateja (.420 avg, 55 runs, 71 hits, 35 RBI, 13 doubles, seven triples, four homeruns, 21 stolen bases), Nick Sotiros (.349, 38 R, 60 H, 55 RBI, 17 2b, four 3b, five HR), Evan Blunk (5-2, 3.26 ERA, 47 IP, 48 hits, 17 earned runs, 29 strikeouts, 11 walks), Austin Polezoes (3-3, 4.25 ERA, 59.1 IP, 56 H, 28 ER, 42 K's, 19 BB) and John Carmody (.354, 25 R, 46 H, 30 RBI, 10 D, five HR).
  • In the country Mateja ranks seventh in triples (7), seventh in runs (55) and 13th in hits (71) while Sotiros ranks sixth in RBI (55).

A look at the No. 1 seed Birmingham Southern College Panthers (36-8)...

  • Head coach Jan Weisberg (10th year at BSC)
  • Despite falling in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Championship game, BSC was awarded the top seed in the Central Region. In the latest poll the Panthers are the No. 6 team in the nation.
  • All-SAA honorees include: Pitcher of the Year - Stephen Himic (10-0, 2.09 ERA, 77.1 IP, 69 H, 18 ER, 53 K's, 16 BB), Ryan Gaines (10-0, 3.26 ERA, 88.1 IP, 94 H, 32 ER, 68 K's, 11 BB), Easton Fuller (3-1, five saves, 2.47 ERA, 43.2 IP, 34 H, 12 ER, 34 K's, eight BB), Tyler Wise (.283 avg, 43 hits, six homeruns, 46 RBI, 23 walks), Rich Misischia (.345, 32 R, 48 H, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 21 SB), Jacob Drescher (.294, 27 R, 42 H, two HR, nine SB), David Scott (.319, 45 R, 59 H, nine 2B, 19 RBI, 36 SB), Sam Roberts (.311, 28 R, 47 H, eight 2b, three 3b, 2 HR, 29 RBI, eight SB), A.J. Hunt (.280, 35 H, 10 2b, 1 HR, 18 RBI) and Preston White (.333, 33 R, 47 H, 18 2b, nine HR, 30 RBI, eight SB).

A look at the No. 3 seed Wartburg College Knights (31-12)...

  • Head coach Joel Holst (22nd year at WC)
  • Earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  • All-IIAC honorees include: Pitcher of the Year - Taylor Gilson (9-1, 2.90 ERA, 90 IP, 70 H, 29 ER, 75 K's, 24 BB), Position Player Player of the Year - Jacob Thumann (.340, 40 R, 55 H, 11 2B, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 26 BB, nine SB), Max Langheinrich (6-1, 2.76 ERA, 78.1 IP, 70 H, 24 ER, 68 K's, 17 BB), Cody Hyler (.380, 26 R, 54 H, four HR, 33 RBI), Blake Mahoney (.375, 39 R, 63 H, 10 2B, two HR, 40 RBI, 15 SB), Austin Bohling (4-1, 2 SV, 33.1 IP, 22 H, four ER, 35 K's, 10 BB) and Clay Henning (.290, 30 R, 40 H, 15 RBI, 30 BB, seven SB).

A look at the No. 4 seed Webster University Gorloks (29-13)...

  • Head coach Bill Kurich (11th year at WU)
  • Webster earned an at-large selection after falling to Greenville in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
  • All-SLIAC honorees include: Pitcher of the Year - Josh Fleming (8-0, 0.53 ERA, 84.2 IP, 46 H, five ER, 108 K's, 11 BB), Matt Wollnik (.349, 33 R, 52 H, 12 2B, three HR, 32 RBI), Kyle Uhrich (7-2, four SV, 2.26 ERA, 55.2 IP, 22 H, 14 ER, 86 K's, 24 BB), Ben Dinter (.319, 18 R, 30 H, five HR, 23 RBI), Adam Naliwajko (.293, 22 H, 11 RBI) and Johnny Lord (4-2, one SV, 3.45 ERA, 57.1 IP, 52 H, 22 ER, 48 K's, 22 BB).

A look at the No. 6 seed Greenville College Panthers (30-15)...

  • Head coach Lynn Carlson (21st year at GC)
  • Greenville overcame a four run deficit to defeat Westminster (Mo.) in the SLIAC Championship 8-6 to earn its second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in three years.
  • All-SLIAC honorees include: Travis Ralls (.400, 47 R, 66 H, 15 2B, one 3B, nine HR, 45 RBI, 21 SB), Jesse Getz (.406, 51 R, 63 H, 14 2B, one 3B, nine HR, 37 RBI, 26 BB, 16 SB), Jonah Moore (8-2, 3.23 ERA, 64 IP, 62 H, 23 ER, 47 K's, 26 BB), Mike Hardin (.304, 38 R, 49 H, 13 2B, one 3B, six HR, 40 RBI, 16 SB), Phillip Reedy (4-1, 3.75 ERA, 60 IP, 73 H, 25 ER, 34 K's, 24 BB) and Adam Lamb (.343, 38 R, 46 H, nine 2B, 12 RBI, 22 BB).