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Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« Reply #210 on: March 02, 2020, 10:04:17 pm »
WashU finished off a 3-game weekend sweep of Illinois Tech with lopsided victories in Sunday's doubleheader at WashU.

The #4 Bears won 14-1 and 10-0 to run their record to 6-0.  Best start for the Bears since an 8-0 start for the 2006 team.

The WashU offense was relentless from the start of the series to the finish...double-digits in runs and hits in each of the three games.  The Bears had 45 hits in 108 at-bats, a .417 BA.  59 total bases in the series, for a .546 slugging %. 

The Bears' pitching was very good as well in the series:  4 ER in 26 IP, a 1.38 ERA...34 Ks (11.77 per 9 IP), 12 H, 11 BB, 0.88 WHIP.  Fielding?  3 errors in 106 chances = .972 fielding%.

It's one thing to mash the ball at the plate, but it's quite another to not get lax with your pitching and fielding.  WashU was as disciplined on the mound and in the field, as they were relentless at the plate.  If the Bears can continue to do so on a consistent basis, they can go a long, long way in the NCAA Tournament.

Yes, I'm taking some early sips of the Kool-Aid.  Anxious to see how WashU fares at home this weekend vs. Coe...the team than knocked WashU out of the NCAA Regional in three instant D3 baseball classics.  That series may be among the most-anticipated by D3 baseball fans, this early in the season.

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Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« Reply #211 on: March 03, 2020, 02:21:53 am »
jaybird44 will be pleased when he opens his twitter account to find out who the number one team is.

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Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« Reply #212 on: March 03, 2020, 09:23:59 pm »
Ha ha!  Very pleased, to say the least!  The players and the coaching staff have worked hard to elevate the status of the program.  Now we'll see how long they can hold on to the top spot!

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Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« Reply #213 on: March 04, 2020, 12:35:53 pm »
Wash U has a really good assistant in Rosen. He recruited my son long ago and I always thought he would do well.

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Re: BB: UAA: University Athletic Association
« Reply #214 on: March 05, 2020, 11:52:04 am »
Yesterday, WashU had a successful first defense of its first-ever #1 national ranking, by posting a 10-0 victory over visiting MacMurray College.  The Bears are now 7-0, heading into a sensational series rematch with Coe this weekend at WashU.

The biggest takeaway from yesterday's game was the spotlight on the quality of depth WashU has with its pitching staff.  It was a bullpen day on the mound.  Matt Lopes, Jared Fong, Daniel Broadie, Austin Sachen, and Dominic DiCosimo combined to toss a one-hit shutout.

Lopes gave up the lone hit in his 5-inning stint (clean line-drive single to left, BTW).  Primarily a back-end-of-a-game closer, Lopes showed that he could start a game and provide meaningful innings if needed.  Much like Tim Tague does for the Bears right now (who was named to the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week for his 4-inning, 6-K long relief stint for a win vs. Illinois Tech last weekend).

Fong, Broadie, and DiCosimo were impressive as well, in their one-inning stints.  But the highlight of the day was the inning provided by little-known Austin Sachen.  Sachen only pitched 1/3 of an inning last season as a freshman, so when he entered the game for his first appearance of the season, I didn't know what to expect.  The lefty wowed the crowd by striking out the side with utterly filthy stuff.  All but one of his pitches were fastballs at 89-90 MPH (two WashU pitchers had a radar gun on Sachen)...and the last pitch was a wicked curve that broke off at 76.

Players and fans were both jazzed by Sachen's work, and WashU may have discovered that it has a diamond-in-the-rough on its pitching staff.  Fun to watch.

Now, the Bears host Coe this weekend, in a rematch series of last season's NCAA Regional at WashU.  The Bears and Coe had 3 epic meetings, with Cornell and Aurora weaved in for good measure.  In the 3rd meeting, Coe was down to its final out in the top of the 9th against WashU's John Howard; the National Pitcher of the Year trying to get one more inning out of his gas tank to nail down a save and a trip to the Super Regional.  Riley LeGrand foiled that attempt with his only HR of the season, a no-doubt 2-run blast to straightaway center field to put Coe up 4-3.  WashU countered by putting runners at first and second base with one out in the bottom of the 9th, but could only muster two fly-ball outs in the loss to Coe.

So, I suspect that this series rematch will be one of the more widely-viewed series across D3 baseball...especially early in the season.  Game 1 of the series begins at 2:00 Central Saturday afternoon, and a doubleheader is scheduled for 11 a.m./2:30 p.m. Sunday.  Sunny weather with temps ranging from 60-65 degrees is forecast.  Come to St. Louis to watch in person or check out the proceedings on the WashU Sports Network (washubears.com).  Click on "Live Broadcasts" to access the games.