Wash-U has made some waves by sweeping #10 Emory in a four-game series last weekend. Bears now 16-5 overall, 4-0 in UAA. Emory now 19-11 and 2-6 in the UAA.
With most of the starting everyday players and pitchers back from last season's NCAA tournament team, it was expected that Wash-U would be good again. What is perhaps most encouraging is the improvement of the bullpen consistency. Jake Mintz picked up 2 of the 4 wins against Emory, and he is 4-0 in 9 appearances, with 1 save and a 0.44 ERA...1 earned run in 20.1 IP. Combining Matt Clohisy's 3 saves and Bill Heisler's 1-0 record in relief, and the Bears could have the ingredients to compete for a regional title.
Granted, Wash-U has to play well the rest of the way--but it's performance to this point of the season has started to generate a lot of great vibes for what could be an entertaining conclusion to its season.