Baseball Travels South for Loaded Florida Schedule

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

vs. No. 21 Wheaton (Mass.), Saturday, March 10 at 3 P.M. (ET)
vs. St. Scholastica, Sunday, March 11 at 9 A.M. (ET)
vs. No. 11 Oswego, Monday, March 12 at 11:30 A.M. (ET)
vs. No. 10 Southern Maine, Tuesday, March 13 at 9 A.M. (ET)
vs. No. 24 Salve Regina, Wednesday, March 14 at 9:45 A.M. (ET)

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SPRING BREAK Hot off a perfect 4-0 week of play, the Bears will be tested in the sunshine state during spring break as four of the five games will be against nationally ranked opponents according to D3baseball.com's latest national poll, with the fifth team narrowly missing the cut as it finished 15 votes shy of making the top-25.

LOADED SCHEDULE WashU's schedule in Florida features four games against Top-25 D3baseball.com opponents. The Bears will face No. 10 Southern Maine, No. 11 Oswego, No. 21 Wheaton (Mass.) and No. 24 Salve Regina, while WashU's fifth opponent, St. Scholastica narrowly missed the top-25 cut.

UAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK WashU freshman pitcher Ryan Loutos was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Pitcher of the Week after he recorded his first save and win of his collegiate career. He struck out 17 batters in nine innings of work including a three inning save against Greenville in a 3-2 win on Wednesday. He followed that with 13 strikeouts in six innings of work as the Bears defeated Buena Vista 8-3 on Sunday. In those nine combined innings of work he allowed eight hits, one walk and only a single earned run. Loutos earned the honor for the first time in his career. Junior John Howard was previously named the UAA Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 19 and picked up two wins this past week to help the Bears go 4-0.

SOLID START The WashU starting rotation has pitched 34 innings and allowed just two earned runs while striking out 42 on the season. The Bears have three starters whose earned run averages rank in the UAA's top-10: freshman Ryan Loutos (0.69, seventh), sophomore Matt Ashbaugh (0.82, eighth) and junior John Howard (1.20, 10th). Overall the Bears pitching staff leads the UAA in strikeouts per nine innings (10.3).

HEATING UP WashU's offense heated up this past week, averaging nine runs per game. Sophomore John Brinkman drove in a team-leading seven runs while totaling six hits including three doubles. Sophomore John Ostrander scored five runs while batting .500 (5-for-10) with five RBIs. Senior Auggie Mense led the team with six walks and finished the week with a .588 on-base percentage. Junior Evan Nagel finished with a team-leading six runs scored.

RUN PRODUCTION Sophomore John Ostrander has scored seven runs on the season which is tied for sixth in the UAA. It comes as no surprise that Ostrander is scoring such a high volume because he also has the fourth highest on-base percentage (.542) and sixth best batting average in the conference (.421).

COACHING HONORS WashU's head coach Pat Bloom enters his third season in charge of the Bears. Last season he earned the Central Region Coach of the Year award while he and his assistants Adam Rosen and Tyler Schmitt were recognized as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year after the Bears won their second straight UAA Championship.

FRESHMAN INJECTION WashU had 10 senior members graduate from its 2017 roster and added 13 freshmen to the program in 2018: Troy Bauer, Mitchell Black, Ty Dalinghaus, Jack DeSalvo, Dominick DiCosimo, Jared Fong, Collin Kahal, Johnny LaMantia, Ryan Loutos, Sean Robinson, Henry Singer, Tim Tague and Rees Viersen.