Greenville, Ill., April 25, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team scored 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open as the Bears earned an 11-1 victory in seven innings at Greenville College Friday evening.
Washington U. improved to 19-15 with the win, while Greenville dropped to 17-16. The Bears host Greenville for a doubleheader beginning at Noon Saturday for Senior Day at Kelly Field. Prior to game one, Washington U. will honor seniors Kyle Billig, Andrew Dwoskin, and Dylan Reid, as well as graduate students Stephen Bonser and Matt Tracy.
The Bears took the lead in the top of the second inning with one run on two hits. Dwoskin hit a one-out double and junior Brandon Deger and sophomore Kyle Kozak drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Billig followed with an RBI single to score Dwoskin, but Deger was thrown out on the play and a groundout ended the inning with Washington U. leading 1-0.
Washington U. broke the game open with four runs on five hits in the top of the fourth. Deger led off the inning with a single and Billig smacked a one-out triple to make it 2-0. Junior Andrew Goldstick hit an RBI single to score Billig and sophomore Max Golembo hit his first triple of the season to extend the Bears' lead to 4-0. Junior Zack Kessinger kept the inning going with a two-out RBI single before a popup ended the inning with the Bears leading 5-0.
Greenville got on the scoreboard with a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-1, but Washington U. answered with six runs in the top of the fifth to break the game open. Dwoskin was hit by a pitch and Deger drew a walk. An RBI single by Billig scored Dwoskin and moved Deger to third. After Billig stole second, Deger scored on a wild pitch that moved Billig to third. After Goldstick drew a walk, an error by the Greenville pitcher allowed him to advance to second and Billig scored on the play to make it 8-1. Golembo drew a walk and Kessinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Lowery then hit a bases-clearing double to put the Bears ahead 11-1.
Bonser improved to 2-1 on the mound this season with the 19th complete game of his career. He allowed one run on just three hits, while striking out six. Offensively, Washington U. outhit the Panthers 12-3 in the game. Billig finished 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Deger was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, while Kessinger (2-for-3, RBI, run) also had two hits.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. improved to 15-4 this season when recording double-digit hits … The Bears are 3-2 in road games this season … Bonser moved into a tie for fifth with Kirt Ervin (1991-94) and Thor Larsen (1995-98) on WUSTL's all-time top-10 list with his 21st career victory (21-9) … Billig hit his second triple in as many games, bringing his career total to 13, while is tied with Andrew Denlow (1993-96) for second on Washington U.'s all-time career leaderboard … Billig and Goldstick each had a stolen base for the Bears, bringing Billig's WUSTL career-record total to 100 and Goldstick's career total to 50 … Deger extended his hitting streak to 17 games … Golembo reached base safely for the 38th straight game, a streak that began April 30, 2013.