In the opening weekend of play, the Bears have lived up to their hype, not only going 3-0 but also handily defeating top-notch opponents.
Baseball is a streaky and superstitious sport – sometimes, all a team needs to improve off of a previous season’s results is a chip on their shoulder. While WashU missed the postseason last year, the building blocks for a sustainable winning future seemed to be in place. WashU baseball is young and hungry this season.
The Washington University baseball team was looking for revenge as it prepared for last weekend’s series against Emory. Last season, the team was swept by the UAA champions, but this year the Bears have been like a completely different team. As the squad headed off to Atlanta to face the first-place Eagles, spirits were high — on the field, everything was clicking. A strong performance would not only take the division lead but more importantly, put the Bears in a good position for an at-large playoff bid. Postseason baseball was within reach.
This year, the Bears’ turnaround has been dramatic — going from 3-13 in the UAA to 9-3 through their first 12 games this year. Captain Hunter Goldberg says the team’s improvement can be felt in the team’s attitude as much as in the box score.
WashU has been the top dogs as of late, winning nine of their last thirteen games. They currently sit at second in the UAA but have the best composite record of any team in the conference. Their 21-8 record is a dramatic turnaround from their 12-24 finish last year.
In the two full games that WashU did play against Hendrix over their weekend series, the Bears struggled to match the production at the plate. They finished the weekend with two losses and only two runs in eighteen innings of play. Hendrix outscored them 9-2 over the course of the two games.
In their first series of the season, WashU baseball swept the University of the Ozarks, outscoring the Eagles 27-11 over the course of three games. A productive offensive effort combined with strong relief outings helped the Bears to their three wins in Arkansas.
After winning twelve games last season, WashU baseball returns the majority of their squad.
Durbin is currently playing in high A for the Rome Braves, and his batting average has slowly climbed over the past month.
Baseball lost 12-2 to Fontbonne to conclude their season. “We didn’t meet our standards, and we’re far from where we want to be as a program, and far from where we’ve been,” head coach Pat Bloom said.
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