Waltham, Mass., April 5, 2019 – The No. 18 Washington University in St. Louis baseball team clobbered its way to a 15-0 University Athletic Association (UAA) win over Brandeis University Friday at Stein Diamond as senior John Howard and sophomore Dominick DiCosimo combined to pitch the Bears seventh shutout of the season.
WashU improved to 17-3-1 on the year including 3-0 in UAA play while Brandeis fell to 9-10 overall and 0-5 in UAA play. The Bears moved into a tie with Hendrix College for the most shutouts in Division III.
Howard threw eight innings of two-hit baseball and did not issue a walk while striking out seven Judges. He clinched his sixth win of the year to move into a tie for first place in DIII with his dominant performance. DiCosimo allowed one hit while striking out one in a scoreless inning of work.
WashU's offense had 10 individuals contribute hits as the Bears accumulated 17 hits as a team. The double digit difference in runs is the fourth such win for WashU this season. Junior catcher Thomas Gardner and junior first baseman John Brinkman led the team with three hits apiece.
Brinkman knocked in the first run of the game during the top of the first in what proved to be the winning tally. Freshman shortstop Caleb Durbin doubled before a one out single by Brinkman to right field pushed the Bears ahead 1-0.
From there, WashU was held scoreless in the next three frames while Howard maintained pace. The Red & Green once again plated runners in the fifth inning. Durbin scored after an error by the right fielder on a double by Gardner before scoring himself on a wild pitch. Brinkman also scored on an error which put WashU ahead 4-0.
Notching run scoring singles in the sixth were Gardner and junior center fielder John Ostrander. The Bears increased their lead to 7-0 following the sixth inning. Freshman right fielder Jackson Gray added another run in the eighth inning with a run scoring infield single.
WashU nearly doubled its run total in the ninth inning by scoring seven runs. Durbin, freshman pinch hitter Bo Anderson and sophomore left fielder Johnny LaMantia provided run scoring hits. Anderson and LaMantia hit back-to-back two-run doubles for the final scores of the game, 15-0 before DiCosimo ended the contest in the bottom of the ninth.
The Red & Green will continue playing in the four-game series against Brandeis Saturday, April 6 with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. (ET). The Sunday, April 7 game against the Judges has been moved up to 9 a.m. (ET). Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.