St. Louis, Mo., May 7, 2019 – Fresh off a nine-game win streak to end regular season play, the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team vaulted to No. 5 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25 Week 11 Poll, as announced by the website Tuesday. The No. 5 ranking is the highest in school history.
WashU has a 31-5-1 overall record, and is three wins shy of tying the WashU single-season school record of 34 set in 2006 and 2015.
The Bears lead the country in earned run average (1.79), shutouts (10) and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) (1.00), in addition to ranking second in hits allowed per nine innings (6.85) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.58). WashU is hitting .301 as a team and has a .967 field percentage, 41st best in NCAA Division III
Individually, senior John Howard is fourth in Division III in victories (10), eighth in earned run average (1.16) and 13th in strikeouts (88). Sophomore Mitchell Black is seventh in WHIP (0.83) and 11th in hits allowed per nine innings (5.30).
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.