St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team finished off a three-game sweep of Illinois Wesleyan University with a 6-2 win over the Titans on Sunday at Kelly Field.
WashU improved to 12-3-1 on the year and IWU evened their record at 7-7 with the three-game skid. The Bears pitching staff did not issue a walk and the WashU defense did not commit an error in the victory, as three pitchers combined to hold the Titans to two runs on nine hits.
Sophomore pitcher Matt Ashbaugh picked up his third win of the year. He tossed 5.2 innings and struck out seven batters before giving way to sophomore Rees Viersen who helped the Bears exit the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead.
Freshman pitcher Matt Lopes closed out the contest to earn his first career save by keeping the Titans off the board in the final three frames of the game. The Jupiter, Fla.-native entered with an inherited runner in the seventh inning but kept the score the same as he pitched around the leadoff single. Lopes tossed three hitless and scoreless frames while striking out four.
Meanwhile the Bears offense put the Bears pitching staff at ease with a pair of runs in the first inning. Freshman right fielder Jackson Gray and junior centerfielder John Ostrander provided two out run scoring singles. Both were keyed by stolen bases as the Bears totaled seven steals on the game. The Bears moved ahead 3-0 in the first on an error.
Gray scored the Bears run in the fifth inning after legging out a double to right centerfield to lead the inning off before freshman designated hitter Brendan Hall sent a line drive up the middle to put WashU ahead 4-1. Gray drove in the Red & Green's final run of the game with a bases loaded fielder's choice before an error gave WashU the 6-1 advantage.
WashU will host Iowa Wesleyan on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.