Lakeland, Fla., March 11, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team struck first but a big fourth inning from St. Scholastica led to a 6-5 extra inning defeat of the Bears in Lakeland, Fla. Sunday morning.
WashU's five game win streak was snapped as the Bears fell to 5-4 on the year. St. Scholastica, referenced in D3baseball.com's Top-25 poll in the receiving votes section, improved to 3-0 on the year. The Bears pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts but the Saints scored five runs in the fourth inning to take the lead.
Freshman Henry Singer tripled to centerfield to lead the game off and scored two batters later on a groundout by sophomore John Brinkman. An error in the fourth inning allowed Brinkman to score and extended the game for a run scoring single by sophomore Thomas Gardner. A throwing error on the single by Gardner allowed freshman Johnny LaMantia to score, as the Bears took a 3-0 lead.
Sophomore Matt Ashbaugh started the game on the mound and struck out the side during the second frame. Back-to-back walks to start the fourth inning triggered a five run inning by the Saints.
The Bears trimmed the Saints lead to 5-4 on a sacrifice fly by sophomore John Ostrander following a leadoff double by junior Evan Nagel in the fifth. Ostrander scored the equalizer in the eighth inning after a double by Brinkman.
Freshman Rees Viersen and sophomore Jack Besser kept the game close with a combined 4.1 shutout innings in relief. Besser totaled five strikeouts in 2.1 innings tossed. Sophomore Brian Schutter shut down the Saints in the bottom of the ninth, but took the loss after walking the Saints first batter in the 10th that scored the walk-off run.
Brinkman led the Bears with a 3-for-5 day from the plate which included two RBIs, as Nagel and Singer also had multi hit performances. In Florida, Brinkman has totaled three doubles and a total of seven hits in just the two days of action.
The Bears will play No. 11 Oswego Monday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m. (ET) in Auburndale, Fla. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.