Bears sweep two games vs. Pioneers
Washington University has now won seven of last nine games
ST. LOUIS-- Washington University-St. Louis swept the doubleheader against The University of Wisconsin-Platteville 12-0 and 5-3 on a chilly Friday afternoon.
The Bears outhit the Pioneers by an 18 to 7 margin in the doubleheader sweep, including holding UW-Platteville to just one hit in the nightcap.
Washington University-St. Louis (13-11) got a complete game shutout from Taylor Berman (six hits, six strikeouts and one walk) who improved his record to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.71, which leads the team.
The Bears, who have won seven of their last nine games, scored four times in both the first and fifth inning and twice in the second and fourth as well, capitalizing on nine walks by Pioneer pitching in the win.
The Pioneers' Trevor Kattre paced a UW-Platteville attack with two hits in the loss for his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
In the nightcap, the Pioneers again were done in by first inning damage by the Bears. Washington University raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. Pioneer starter Trevor Hall faced just eight batters before leaving the game with an apparent injury in the bottom of the first. He gave up just two hits, but walked four in two-thirds of inning.
Meanwhile, H.T. Flanagan was unhittable in four innings of relief after starter Max Gordon left the bases loaded in the top of the fourth with none out.
UW-Platteville got on the board in its half of the second when after back-to-back walks to start the inning, Brad Milka drove in Demmon to cut the deficit to 3-1.
However, the Bears plated two more when they capitalized on a pair of UW-Platteville errors in its half of the second inning to stretch the lead to 5-1.
The Pioneers rallied for two runs without a hit in the fourth to cut into the Bears lead. The Pioneers loaded the bases on three-consecutive walks which prompted a pitching change. Next, back-to-back RBI fielder's choices by Tyler Jacobson and Brad Milka cut the deficit to 5-3.
Out of the bullpen, in relief of starter Trevor Hall, Pioneers' Shane Murphy and Grant Oldenburg pitched the final 5.1 innings, giving up just four hits and allowing only an unearned run for UW-Platteville.
Washington's Brandon Rogalski extended his hitting streak to 12 games.