St. Louis, Mo., April 27, 2014 – Senior Andrew Dwoskin went 5-for-7 with a pair of homeruns, five RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team to a pair of seven-inning wins against Blackburn College Sunday at Kelly Field. The Bears held on for a 5-3 win in game one, and rallied for a 7-4 win in game two on a three-run walkoff homerun by Dwoskin.
Washington U. extended its win streak to seven games and improved to 23-15 overall, including a 15-3 record in the month of April. Blackburn dropped to 11-28 with the losses Sunday. The Bears are scheduled to play their sixth game in four days when they take on No. 2-ranked Webster University at 11:30 a.m. Monday at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill.
GAME ONE – Washington U. 5, Blackburn 3
In the bottom of the second, junior Zack Kessinger drew a walk to leadoff the inning and Dwoskin drove a pitch over the left-field fence for his fifth-career homerun to put the Bears ahead 2-0. Washington U. added a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 4-0. Junior Chris Lowery led off with a single and Kessinger was hit by a pitch. Dwoskin hit a bloop single to load the bases. Junior Brandon Deger hit a high fly ball to right field that dropped in to score Lowery, but Blackburn was able to throw Dwoskin out at second on the play. Kessinger scored on a delayed steal as Deger stole second base safely. Senior Kyle Billig beat out a single to the first baseman and sophomore Kyle Kozak drew a walk to load the bases for the Bears with one out. Deger was thrown out at home on a flyout to right field to end the inning.
A sacrifice fly by freshman CJ Price extended Washington U.'s lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth. The Beavers rallied to score three runs on three hits in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of a pair of Washington U. errors in the inning, to cut the lead to 5-3, before junior Kunal Patel got a flyout to center field to end the game.
Patel earned the win with the first complete game of his career, allowing one earned run on six hits in seven innings. He also struck out a career-high seven batters, while improving to 4-1 with his third straight win. The Bears were limited to five hits in the game, but took advantage of four walks and four batters who were hit by pitches. Dwoskin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run to lead the Bears offensively.
GAME TWO – Washington U. 7, Blackburn 4
After Blackburn scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4, Lowery hit a high fly ball that landed along the right-field line and he sprinted into second for a leadoff double in the bottom of the inning. Kessinger was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count to put two runners on for the Bears with no outs. Dwoskin stepped to the plate and blasted a line drive out of the park to left field to give the Bears the 7-4 walkoff win.
Blackburn broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-RBI double in the top of the fifth inning of game two to take a 2-0 lead. The Bears finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with one run on two hits. Junior Andrew Goldstick hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored on a two-out single to left field by sophomore Max Golembo to cut Blackburn's lead to 2-1.
Lowery smashed a double off the top of the left-field wall to leadoff the bottom of the sixth for the Bears. After a long at-bat, Kessinger lined a hard-hit triple to the gap in right-center field to tie the game at 2-2. After back-to-back popups, Billig came through with a clutch single to left field to give the Bears their first lead of the game. After Goldstick reached on an error, junior Brian Cizek drew his third walk in his last three pinch-hit appearances to load the bases. Golembo chopped a hit high over the pitcher's mound for a two-out RBI infield single to put Washington U. ahead 4-2 before the Blackburn center fielder made a diving catch on a liner by Price to end the inning.
The Beavers rallied with a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh. Jose Osorio hit a grounder up the middle that Goldstick fielded near second base, but his throw to first pulled Kessinger off the base and Blackburn was able to score two runs on the play to tie the game before a fly ball to right field sent the game to the bottom of the seventh.
Washington U. finished with 12 hits in the game to 10 for the Beavers. Dwoskin was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Golembo was also 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Lowery added two doubles (2-for-4) and two runs scored for Washington U. Junior Max Zhang made his second-career start on the mound, scattering seven hits and giving up two runs in five innings of work. Zhang also finished with a career-high eight strikeouts in the game. Freshman Brad Margolin (3-1) pitched the final two innings for the Bears, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out four, to pick up the win.
Bear Notebook: Game two was the fifth walkoff win for the Bears this season … Dwoskin's second homerun was the first walkoff homer for Washington U. since Zander Lehmann hit a walkoff grand slam in the Bears' 10-6 win against Case Western Reserve University March 12, 2008 … With the win in game two, Washington U. improved to 18-4 this season when recording double-digit hits … Goldstick passed Mike North (1989-92) for fourth on Washington U.'s career stolen bases list (52) … Kessinger is four hits and nine RBIs shy of joining Washington U.'s career top-10 lists in those categories … Golembo has reached base safely in each of his last 42 games, dating to April 30, 2013.