MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Senior pitcher Stephen Bonser pitched a complete-game two-hitter and junior outfielder Kyle Billig drove in the game-winning run as Washington (Mo.) earned a 3-2 win in 10 innings against No. 10 Webster. The Bears dropped their second game of the day, falling 10-1 against Rhodes Saturday afternoon.
With the score tied 2-2 after nine innings, Washington U. took the lead in the top of the 10th inning. Freshman outfielder Max Golembo hit a one-out triple to right field. After sophomore second baseman Noah Doppelt drew a walk, Billig recorded his third single of the game to score Golembo and give the Bears the 3-2 lead. Washington U. had a chance to add to the lead, with the bases loaded later in the inning, but a strikeout ended the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Bonser sealed the win for the Bears with a strikeout, groundout and flyout to end the game.
Webster put runners on the corners with a pair of one-out singles in the bottom of the third inning, and a sacrifice fly gave the Gorloks a 1-0 lead in the game. Golembo led off the top of the fifth for the Bears with a single to center field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Doppelt. Billig followed with an RBI single to center field to score Golembo. Billig advanced to second on the throw, before stealing third. After sophomore third baseman Chris Lowery drew a four-pitch walk, sophomore first baseman Zack Kessinger singled to right field to drive in Billig and give Washington U. a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Webster got its first two batters on base with a hit by pitch and a walk. The leadoff batter came around to score on a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2-2 heading to the sixth inning. The teams remained knotted at 2-2 until the 10th inning.
Bonser (1-0) made the most of his first start in 2013, throwing the 12th complete game of his career. He allowed just two hits in 10 innings, while recording five strikeouts. Billig (3-for-6, 2 RBI, run) and Golembo (3-for-4, 2 runs) led the way offensively for the Bears, who recorded 13 hits and drew nine walks but left 16 runners on base in the game.