WashU Returns Home to Host No. 10 Case Western Reserve

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

vs. No. 10 Case Western Reserve (23-4, 10-2 UAA) in St. Louis, Mo., Fri.-Sun., April 20-22
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ON THE SCHEDULE WashU has spent nearly a month on the road before returning home this weekend with a four-game University Athletic Association (UAA) series against No. 10-ranked Case Western Reserve (23-4, 10-2 UAA). The Bears and Spartans split the season series last year as they finished one and two in the conference respectively.

ATTENDANCE RECORD The Bears will attempt to set the attendance record in the Irv Utz Stadium at Kelly Field Saturday afternoon. The record of 543 fans was previously set against Case Western Reserve in 2007. There will be free hot dogs available for fans as well as concessions (with Bear Bucks accepted). In addition, there will be a St. Louis Cardinals ticket raffle for students. Students can sign up for the raffle online at http://bit.ly/2J8tZ3V or at the game.

PITCHING ERA The Bears pitching staff has accumulated an earned run average of 2.77. The mark is first in the UAA and 11th 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 10th 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 10th 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 Junior John Howard surpassed 100 innings pitched in his career (119.1) and has lowered his career earned run average to 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 10th 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 the only three 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.

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 (4/7). 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.

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.