WashU Hosts Brandeis in Regular Season Concluding Series

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

vs. Brandeis (3-21, 1-11 UAA) in St. Louis, Mo., Thu.-Sat., April 26-28
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ON THE SCHEDULE WashU remains at home for its regular season concluding four-game University Athletic Association (UAA) series against Brandeis University (3-21, 1-11 UAA) from Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28. WashU has a 25-13 all-time record against Brandeis including a four-game winning streak, three of which were under head coach Pat Bloom.

GREEN DOT GAME The game against Brandeis on Thursday, April 26 is the Green Dot Baseball Game. With previous success at various events, WashU Athletics will once again collaborate with WashU's Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center in an effort to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of creating a community where violence is not tolerated. The giveaways include t-shirts, baseballs, baseball caps, towels, sunglasses and cracker jacks.

UAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK Junior John Howard was dominant in a 6-1 win against then-No. 10 Case Western Reserve University on Friday. He threw eight innings, struck out seven batters, while surrendering six hits, one walk and just one run. Howard's performance maintained a sub-1.00 earned run average (0.99) on the season, which leads the UAA and ranks eighth in NCAA Division III. He has pitched 63.1 innings in 2018 and is the only pitcher with a sub-1.00 ERA to have thrown more than 60 innings.

SENIOR (AUGGIE) DAY Saturday's doubleheader will be preceded with a senior day ceremony to commemorate the Bears lone senior member, Auggie Mense. The St. Louis, Mo.-native is a career .279 hitter with 70 hits to go along with 68 walks for an impressive .440 on-base percentage. He has also scored 67 runs and swiped 13 bags while helping WashU to a 111-58 overall record (26-12 UAA) and three UAA crowns.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE Following a four-game series against then No. 10-ranked Case Western Reserve, WashU has Division III's most difficult schedule (.599) 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.

PITCHING ERA In spite of the Bears having the nation's most difficult schedule, WashU's pitching staff has accumulated an earned run average of 2.87 which leads the UAA and ranks ninth in Division III. WashU is one of just three teams to have top-10 rankings in both strength of schedule and ERA.  A total of three Bears have thrown more than 34 innings with sub-3.00 ERAs. Junior John Howard has a team-leading 0.99 ERA that ranks eighth in DIII, while freshman Tim Tague (2.08) and classmate Ryan Loutos (2.81) have top-10 ERAs in the UAA.

CLIMBING THE RANKS Junior John Howard exceeded 100 innings thrown in his career, in an 8-1 win over Illinois Wesleyan (3/25), and qualified for the Bears all-time earned run average record. He currently ranks fifth all-time in school history with a 2.19 ERA through 127.1 innings pitched.