AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- No. 8 Webster University kicked off its season Saturday with a 9-1 win against Aurora, as Dylan Dean Smith pitched seven strong innings for the Gorloks.
Smith, who went 4-2 in 2013 after missing the 2012 season with an injury, allowed four hits and a walk, one earned run, and struck out four. Smith was 4-0 as a freshman in 2011.
Webster got on the board quickly in the first, thanks to a Corey Lasky triple and Taylor Stoulp's RBI single.
The Gorloks broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Ian Foege doubled, Matt Wollnik singled, and Lasky singled, scoring Foege. After a Lasky steal of second and a Charlie Gandolfi walk to load the bases, Stoulp walked in Wollnik. Jeff Kammer then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Lasky.
With two down, Jared Turner walked, loading the bases again. After an Aurora pitching change, Kevin Kojs singled in Gandolfi and Stoulp to make it 6-0. Webster added three more in the seventh.
Stoulp was 3-3, with two RBI, two runs scored, and a double. Lasky was 3-5, with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Kojs had two hits and three RBIs.
Senior pitcher Jack Bensinger, who sat out the 2013 season with an injury, came on in relief of Smith in the eighth and had a 1-2-3 inning. In the ninth, Bensinger loaded the bases with one down, but got out of the jam unscathed with a bouncer back to the mound and a ground out to end the game.