No. 8 WashU Sweeps Knox to Eclipse 30 Wins

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

Galesburg, Ill., May 4, 2019 – The No. 8-ranked Washington University in St. Louis baseball team used a pair of dominant starts to sweep a doubleheader at Knox College Saturday to surpass the 30-win plateau for the seventh time in school history 

WashU won game one 8-1 behind a strong start from senior John Howard, and then sophomore Ryan Loutos tossed a two-hit complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts in a 7-0 win in game two. 

WashU extended its winning streak to nine games and improved to 31-5-1, while Knox fell to 9-29 with the two defeats.  The 31 wins are the fifth most in a single season.

WashU 8, Knox 1 – Game One
Howard (10-0) picked up the win in game one tossing seven innings allowing five hits and one unearned run with nine strikeouts. The win for Howard was the 20th of his career, which is tied for ninth most in school history.

Freshman Caleb Durbin was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs as WashU pounded out 12 hits in the win. Sophomore Sean Robinson added three hits and junior John Brinkman was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

WashU scored a run in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Senior Evan Nagel, sophomore Collin Kahal and Brinkman each had a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

The Bears added three runs in the sixth on a three-run home run by Durbin. The round tripper for Durbin was the second of his career. WashU added an unearned run in the seventh and Brinkman added an RBI double in the eight to round out the scoring.

Knox had six hits and made five errors in game one. 

WashU 7, Knox 0 – Game Two
Loutos (2-0) allowed a leadoff single to Juston Woodard in the bottom of the first with no outs, and then a second single to Woodard with two outs in the ninth. The complete game for Loutos was his second of his career.

WashU was limited to just five hits in game two but took advantage of five Knox errors. Brinkman was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while freshman Jackson Gray was 0-for-2 and had two RBIs. junior Thomas Gardner and junior John Ostrander were each 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Ostrander drove in Robinson with an RBI double in the fifth for the first run of the game, and then the Bears put the game out of reach with five runs on two hits and took advantage of three errors in the eighth.

Gray drove in a run with sac fly, and then freshman Brendan Hall singled to drive in a tally. Gardner added an RBI double and then Robinson reached on an error pushing across another run. Gray added a second sac fly in the ninth to round out the scoring. 

The 2019 NCAA Division III Baseball Selection Show is set for Monday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at www.ncaa.com. The Bears are seeking their fourth NCAA appearance in the last five years and 12th overall. 

BEAR NOTEBOOK:
• WashU has won 10-straight meetings against Knox dating back to 2006
• Howard is tied for third in D3 in wins (10)
• Howard moved into eighth all-time at WashU in strikeouts (192)
• The Bears are three wins shy of the school record of 34 set in 2006 and 2015
• The shutout for WashU was its Division III-best 10th of the season