Complete Game Gem by John Howard Leads Bears to Victory

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

St. Louis, Mo., March 1, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team finished a doubleheader Friday against University of Dubuque with a 6-2 win in game one and a 3-3 tie due to darkness in game two, as senior John Howard shined in his home debut of 2019 pitching a complete game for the win at Kelly Field.

WashU improved to 2-2-1 on the year while Dubuque played its first games of its season, falling to 0-1-1. The Bears pitching staff totaled 21 strikeouts in 17 innings of work while sophomore Troy Bauer tallied a career high 8 strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work in game two.

Game 1: WashU 6 – Dubuque 2

Howard was given the ball to start game one and did not exit the mound until he had clinched his first win of the season. In total he pitched a season-best nine innings, while limiting the Spartans to four hits and two unearned runs in the ninth inning while fanning eight batters.

Junior third baseman John Brinkman and freshman leftfielder Jackson Gray combined to total six of the Bears 10 hits in the game. Both batters went 3-for-4 while Gray totaled a team-high two runs knocked in.

WashU struck first in the fourth inning following back-to-back singles by Brinkman and freshman shortstop Caleb Durbin keyed a run scoring groundout by junior John Ostrander.

Senior second baseman Evan Nagel hit a run scoring double in the fifth inning to help WashU increase its lead to 2-0 before a pair of errors allowed another run to cross the plate.

Gray had run scoring hits in the sixth and eighth innings including a triple that plated Ostrander before scoring the Bears final run of the contest on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jack DeSalvo.

Game 2: WashU 3 – Dubuque 3 (Tie after eight innings)

Nagel knocked in the first run of the game in nightcap. He singled to center field allowing Gray to score from second, but the Spartans rebounded for their first lead of the season in the third inning. An error by the Bears resulted in a three run three hit third inning for Dubuque.

WashU fought its way back into the game by taking advantage of two errors in the sixth inning. Durbin provided a run scoring single in the sixth to knot the game at 3-all which proved to be the final tally as the contest was called in the eighth inning due to darkness.

Junior Matt Ashbaugh and Bauer combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out nine batters. Bauer did not give up a hit in the game and sophomore Ryan Loutos started the game throwing 2.2 innings and striking out four batters.

Up next for the Bears is a doubleheader with Luther College at Kelly Field on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 12 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.