WashU Travels for Nonconference Game at Illinois Wesleyan

Photo by Scott Margolin
Photo by Scott Margolin

at Illinois Wesleyan (13-10) in Bloomington, Ill., Fri., April 13
Live Stats: https://sun.iwu.edu/~iwunews/sports/live/Baseball/xlive.htm

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

ON THE SCHEDULE WashU's 10-game road trip continues with a single contest at Illinois Wesleyan (13-10) on Friday, April 13 at 5 p.m. The Bears and Titans faced each other previously in the season, resulting in a doubleheader split on March 25 at Kelly Field on the Danforth Campus.

PREVIOUSLY WashU previously hosted Illinois Wesleyan on March 25. The Bears and Titan split a doubleheader with Illinois Wesleyan picking up game one (6-1) before WashU splurged for an 8-1 game two win. Junior Evan Nagel scored in both contests for the Bears, while John Howard pitched a complete game allowing just one unearned run with six strikeouts. Howard was rewarded with University Athletic Association (UAA) Pitcher of the Week for his performance. Freshman Mitchell Black batted .600 (3-for-5) against Illinois Wesleyan. Nagel led the Bears with three runs scored in the series.

PITCHING ERA The Bears pitching staff has accumulated an earned run average of 2.77. The mark is second in the UAA and 13th in Division III. WashU has four pitchers who have thrown more than 32 innings with sub-3.00 ERAs. Junior John Howard has a team-leading 0.98 ERA that ranks 18th in DIII, while freshman Tim Tague (1.91), freshman Ryan Loutos (2.58) and sophomore Matt Ashbaugh (2.79) 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 20th most difficult schedule (.578), 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 Junior John Howard surpassed 100 innings pitched in his career and has lowered his career earned run average 2.26 which ranks sixth in WashU school history.

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 14th best strikeout-to-walk ratio in DIII with a 3.28 mark. Freshman Ryan Loutos (11.51), freshman Tim Tague (9.82) and sophomore Matt Ashbaugh (9.78) are three of only four pitchers in the UAA to average more than a strikeout per inning. The trio of pitchers has only issued 25 walks in 117 innings of work for an average of 1.92 walks per nine innings.

WHEN THE BEARS... score six or more runs, WashU is 11-1 ... score 0-2 runs, WashU is 0-7 ... lead after six innings, WashU is 14-1... outhit the opponent, WashU is 12-3... face a lefthanded starter, WashU is 6-0.

CLEAR THE BASES Freshman Johnny LaMantia hit WashU's first home run of the season, clearing the bases with a grand slam to help the Bears pull within one-run of Emory. With WashU trailing by five runs in the eighth inning in Atlanta, LaMantia connected on a two-out grand slam before WashU ultimately fell 8-6.

EXTRA BASES Sophomore John Ostrander had a stellar game on March 30 at NYU. He went 3-for-4 with all three hits for extra bases while scoring two runs and knocking in a run. His seven total bases are a game-high for the Bears.