WashU Baseball Picks Up First Win in Home Opener

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

St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 28, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team picked up its first victory of the season beating Greenville University 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Kelly Field to remain unbeaten in home openers under head coach Pat Bloom's watch.

The Bears improved to 1-3 on the season while Greenville fell to 0-2 on the year. In three seasons as the Bears' head coach Bloom has led WashU to three home opening wins over Greenville. WashU's pitchers finished with nine strikeouts while holding the Panthers to a pair of runs.

Sophomore John Ostrander drove a ball to deep centerfield in the second inning for a triple that plated sophomore Brian Schutter as the centerfielder lost his footing on slick conditions.

Freshman Tim Tague kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in his two innings of work as he got the start on the mound. Sophomore Matt Ashbaugh entered in relief as they both finished with identical stats lines of two innings pitched, two strikeouts, one hit allowed with no walks issued.

WashU's 1-0 lead held true until the top of the sixth when Jesse Getz scored on a groundball by Greenville's catcher Travis Ralls. Junior John Howard struck out the following batter and was credited with the victory after the Bears added two runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Junior Evan Nagel led things off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Ostrander. Sophomore AJ Dunham added another infield single with a chopper towards the left side before sophomore Andrew Kleiboeker's single to left field scored Nagel.

The Bears added another run on what proved to be the game-winning hit when senior Auggie Mense drove a ball to left field to score Dunham. Freshman Ryan Loutos converted the first save of his career by pitching the final three innings of the game allowing just one run while striking out four.

In the ninth inning Loutus kept the Panthers off the board as they threatened with a runner on second base and one-out. A swinging bunt up the third base line earned a hit for Klaiton Wolff but Greenville's pinch runner overran third base and got caught in a run-down before being tagged by WashU's catcher Thomas Gardner. Loutus struck out the Panther's pinch hitter to end the game with two runners on.

WashU will host its first series at Kelly Field this weekend with a doubleheader against Buena Vista on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.