St. Louis, Mo., March 23, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had its upset bid of No. 14-ranked Concordia University Chicago come up short when the Cougars scored three runs in the ninth inning to earn a 4-1 win over the Bears Sunday afternoon at Kelly Field.
Graduate student pitcher Matt Tracy had an outstanding outing in his third start of the season for Washington U. Tracy allowed an unearned run in the first inning, then limited Concordia to six hits over the next seven innings. The Bears were stymied offensively much of the game, managing four hits in the first five innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Max Golembo led off with a bloop single to left-center field and stole second ahead of a walk by junior Zack Kessinger. Junior Chris Lowery followed with a single through the left side of the infield to score Golembo and tie the game at 1-1. Senior Andrew Dwoskin was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs for the Bears, but Concordia got a popup for the first out. The Cougars then threw out Kessinger at home on a fielder's choice to third before a strikeout ended the inning, leaving the bases loaded.
The Cougars got runners to first and third with one out in the top of the seventh, but Tracy got William Randerson to hit a grounder to second that junior Stewart Martens flipped to junior Andrew Goldstick for a fielder's choice. Goldstick was unable to make the throw to first in time for the double play, but Concordia's Kevin Garvey took off late for home from third and Goldstick made a sharp throw to sophomore Kyle Kozak who tagged Garvey for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Lowery hit a leadoff double to the gap in left-center field, but was left stranded on third to keep the score 1-1. The Cougars finally got their bats going in the top of the ninth, using three straight hits to take a 2-1 lead before sophomore Chris Sanderson came in to relieve Tracy. Sanderson gave up an RBI single, then had a wild pitch that moved runners to second and third with no outs. After falling behind 3-0 in the count against the second batter he faced, Sanderson intentionally walked the batter on a fourth ball. Sophomore Max Zhang entered the game and got a strikeout of the first batter he faced. The Cougars scored another run on a sacrifice fly before Zhang got a called strikeout to end the inning. The Bears got runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a fielder's choice and a flyout to left field ended the game.
Tracy (2-1) took the loss, scattering 11 hits and allowing three earned runs, while striking out a career-high six batters. Lowery went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Kozak was also 2-for-4 on the day for the Bears, who finished with eight hits.
Washington U. (7-10) is scheduled to return to action against Benedictine College (Ill.) Wednesday, March 26. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. left 10 baserunners stranded in the game, compared with five left on base for Concordia … Golembo reached base safely for the 17th straight game.