WashU Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Spalding

WashU Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Spalding

Louisville, Ky., April 24, 2016 — The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team ran its winning streak to four games with a doubleheader sweep Sunday at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

WashU held on for a 5-4 win in game one, and then the Bears posted a 22-5 victory in the nightcap. WashU improved its overall record to 26-13, while Spalding fell to 22-13.

WashU 5, Spalding 4 – Game One
Junior Christian Santos got things going for the Bears in the third in game one with an RBI triple to right, and then junior Ben Browdy drove in a run with an RBI double to right.

With junior Scott Nelson in control on the mound, Santos delivered again in the fifth with an RBI double to push the advantage to 3-0.

Spalding broke up the shutout with a run in the sixth, but WashU answered back with a pair of runs in the eighth after a two-RBI single by junior Austin Darmawan.

Nelson exited the game with a 5-2 advantage in the ninth, but the bullpen faltered giving up two runs. Junior catcher Kyle Kozak threw out the eventual tying run trying to steal second to end the game.

Nelson (6-4) picked up the win allowing seven hits and two earned runs, while sophomore Alex Truss garnered his second save of the season allowing one hit in the ninth.

Santos was 3-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBIs, while Darmawan went 2-for-4 with a run scored, stolen base and two RBIs. The Bears had nine hits in the victory.

WashU 22, Spalding 5 (Eight Innings) – Game Two
The Bears had 22 hits in the game two victory and took advantage of eight Spalding errors.

WashU broke open game two scoring eight runs in the second inning. Browdy, Kozak and Santos each had RBIs in the inning for the Bears.

The lead grew to 10-0 in the third after Santos drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Browdy added an RBI double to left.

Spalding pushed across a run against senior Julian Clarke in the fourth, but WashU answered back with three runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 13-1. Junior Tate Maider drove in two with a single to left, and then Golembo singled to center to score another run.

Sophomore Auggie Mense added a two-RBI double down the left field line and Maider singled through the left side for two RBIs as the Bears scored eight runs in the eighth.

Maider (2-for-4, two runs scored) and junior Spencer Egly (2-for-6, two runs scored) each drove in four runs, while Golembo (3-for-6, three runs scored, walk, RBI, two stolen bases) and sophomore Conor O'Hara (3-for-6, two run scored) each had three hits.

Clarke (4-4) picked up the win allowing six hits and four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings pitched. The bullpen was sharp allowing three hits and one unearned run in 3 1/3.

WashU begins a five-game homestand Tuesday, April 26, by hosting Webster University (21-12) for a single game at 3 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU improved to 4-1 against Spalding since 1985 … The Bears have recorded 25 or more wins in six-straight seasons … Browdy leads NCAA Division III with 64 RBIs, three shy of the WashU single-season record … The Bears have recorded double-digit hit totals in 22 games … WashU has scored 20 or more runs three times this season … Darmawan leads the UAA with 29 stolen bases, and is six shy of the WashU single-season record … Darmawan also moved into sixth in school history with 53 steals … Golembo played in his 149th career game … WashU did not commit an error in either contest … The first set of NCAA Division III Regional Rankings will be posted Thursday.