Auburndale, Fla., March 15, 2016 – The No. 22-ranked Washington University in St. Louis baseball team allowed 11 runs over the final three innings as the Bears lost to No. 25 Rutgers University-Camden 13-3 Tuesday afternoon.
WashU dropped to 12-5 with the loss, while Rutgers-Camden improved to 5-1 on the season. The Bears return to action with a doubleheader against No. 12 Ramapo College beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday in Auburndale, Fla.
WashU got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, marking the 11th game this season the Bears have scored in the opening inning. Senior Max Golembo singled on the first pitch of his at-bat and moved to second on a fielding error on the play. Junior Ben Browdy then drove in his team-leading 23rd RBI of the season with a single to center field to make it 1-0.
The Raptors got the bases loaded in the top of the second, but junior Brad Margolin got a ground ball to get out of the inning. Rutgers-Camden took advantage of an error by the Bears in the top of the third to tie the game with an unearned run on a sacrifice fly. WashU answered in the bottom of the inning when junior Austin Darmawan hit a leadoff single and moved to third on a failed pickoff by the Raptor pitcher. Darmawan then scored on a grounder to regain a 2-1 lead for the Bears.
Another WashU error in the top of the fourth led to a second unearned run for the Raptors, tying the game at 2-2. The score remained tied until the top of the seventh, when Rutgers-Camden broke the game open with seven runs on five hits and three errors. The Raptors added three more runs in the eighth to make it 12-2. Each team added a run in the ninth to make the final score 13-3.
WashU finished with seven hits in the game, while Rutgers-Camden had 16. The Bears also had a season-high 10 errors. Golembo and freshman Wright Lindgren both had two hits in the game for the Bears. Sophomore Alex Truss (1-1) took the loss after allowing five runs in one-third of an inning of relief for WashU, who used six pitchers in the game.
Bear Notebook: WashU is 1-2 against ranked teams this season … Golembo extended his hitting streak to 10 games.