WashU Baseball Preps for Five Road Games

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

at Webster (11-6) in Sauget, Ill., Wed., April 4
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at Emory (10-13, 1-3 UAA) Fri.-Sun., April 6 - 8
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Live Stats:
http://washubears.com/sports/bsb/2017-18/boxscores/20180406_tqqu.xml

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

ON THE SCHEDULE WashU travels to Sauget, Ill. for a midweek game against Webster (11-6) before a four-game University Athletic Association (UAA) series in Atlanta against Emory (10-13, 1-3 UAA) this weekend.

PITCHING ERA The Bears pitching staff has accumulated an earned run average of 2.43. The mark leads the UAA and is fifth in Division III. WashU has four pitchers who have thrown more than 25 innings with sub-3.00 ERAs. Junior John Howard has a team-leading 0.89 ERA that ranks 24th in DIII, while freshman Tim Tague (1.57), freshman Ryan Loutos (1.79) and sophomore Matt Ashbaugh (2.40) have top-10 ERAs in the UAA.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE Perhaps the most impressive factor of the Bears low ERA is that WashU has the 18th most difficult schedule (.590), according to D3baseball.com's calculations for strength of schedule which the NCAA DIII postseason selection committee determines by using opponents' winning percentage and opponents' opponents' winning percentage.

CLIMBING THE RANKS After posting a 3-1 series victory over New York University, WashU is now tied for first in the UAA with conference record. The Bears also continue to gain recognition in national polls with 18 votes in the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and three votes in D3baseball.com polls.

EXTRA BASES Sophomore John Ostrander had a game to remember on March 30 at NYU. He went 3-for-4 with all three hits going for extra bases while scoring two runs and knocking in one run during a 4-1 victory. Ostrander leads the team with two triples on the season and more than doubled his season output in doubles. He is now riding a five-game hit streak as well.

STAYING HOT Junior Evan Nagel has led the team in hitting for the past four weeks, including a .393 batting average in the past two weeks (11-for-28). In the past 10 games, Nagel has also scored nine runs, stolen three bases and reached base more than 50-percent of the time (.541 OBP). Sophomore Thomas Gardner leads the Bears with 11 runs in the past 10 games played, while freshman Tim Tague has provided 15 stellar innings out of the pen, not allowing an earned run or base on balls to pair with 17 strikeouts.

STRIKE ZONE WashU's pitching staff routinely pounds the strike zone and does not issue many free passes to first in addition to piling up strikeouts. The Bears have the fourth best strikeout-to-walk ratio in DIII with a 3.84 mark. Freshman Ryan Loutos (11.60), freshman Tim Tague (10.36) and sophomore Matt Ashbaugh (10.20) are the only pitchers in the UAA to average more than 10 K's per nine innings pitched. The trio of pitchers has only issued 18 walks in 99 innings of work for an average of 1.64 walks per nine innings.