WashU Baseball's Home Opener Features Greenville

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

vs. Greenville, Wednesday, Feb. 28 2 P.M.
vs. Buena Vista, Saturday, March 3 11 A.M./2 P.M. and Sunday, March 4 11 A.M.

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HOME OPENERS WashU hosts its first game on Wednesday, Feb. 28 against the Greenville University Panthers (0-1) at 2 p.m. and will also host its first series over the weekend against the Buena Vista University Beavers (0-0) with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 3 followed by a single game on Sunday, March 4. WashU is 2-0 in home openers with Pat Bloom as the head coach, with both victories coming against Greenville.

UAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK Following the first week of action, WashU junior pitcher John Howard was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Pitcher of the Week after throwing six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Howard allowed six hits and one walk while settling for a no-decision in the Bears 7-3 loss to then No. 22 Texas-Dallas.

SOLID STARTS The WashU starting rotation has pitched 15 innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out 17, eight of which came from sophomore Matt Ashbaugh during five innings pitched against Hendrix (2/18).

COACHING HONORS WashU's head coach Pat Bloom enters his third season in charge of the Bears. Last season he earned the Central Region Coach of the Year award while he and his assistants Adam Rosen and Tyler Schmitt were recognized as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year after the Bears won their second straight UAA Championship.

UAA CHAMPIONS The Bears were crowned the 2017 UAA Champions after posting an .800 winning percentage with an 8-2 record within UAA play. WashU swept Emory last season in a four-game series at home, split a series with Case on the road and beat Brandeis in a pair of games to win the conference.

2018 CAPTAINS The 2018 WashU captains include senior outfielder Auggie Mense, junior pitcher John Howard and junior infielder Evan Nagel. Mense started 34 games for the Bears last season, recording a career-best .288 batting average while tying for the team lead with 32 runs scored. Howard made eight starts last year while contributing a 4-3 record and a 2.73 earned run average which included two complete game shutouts. Nagel has seen action in 47 games in his career totaling 13 hits including his first career home run against Chicago on May 13, 2017.

LOADED SCHEDULE EARLY ON WashU's schedule features six games in its first month of action against teams listed in D3baseball.com's Top-25 Preseason poll, not including Salve Regina and St. Scholastica who received votes but didn't crack the top-25.

TEAM IMPACT DRAFT DAY On Nov. 12, 2017 the WashU baseball Bears formally welcomed Connor Grant to its program in conjunction with Team Impact during a Draft Day press conference. Grant has a rare genetic disease known as cystic fibrosis and will join the Bears during the 2018 season.

FRESHMAN INJECTION WashU had 10 senior members graduate from its 2017 roster and added 13 freshmen to the program in 2018: Troy Bauer, Mitchell Black, Ty Dalinghaus, Jack DeSalvo, Dominick DiCosimo, Jared Fong, Collin Kahal, Johnny LaMantia, Ryan Loutos, Sean Robinson, Henry Singer, Tim Tague and Rees Viersen.