ST. LOUIS, Mo.—With a walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth, Washington University in St. Louis defeated No. 11 Birmingham-Southern, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon at Kelly Field in St. Louis, Mo.
The Panthers fall to 25-7, while the Bears move to 12-14. The teams will face off again tomorrow at 3 p.m.
BSC put up the first run of the game in the top of the first inning when a single to left field by junior Jacob Mayfield plated sophomore Matt Brown, who led off the game with a single up the middle and stole second before scoring on Mayfield's hit. WashU tied it up in the bottom of the third, and then pulled ahead with a single run in the home half of the fourth. The lead stood until the top of the seventh when freshman Zach Wingate hit a sac-fly to center field, allowing senior Evan Grovenstein to score. Grovenstein reached on a lead-off single up the middle followed by a Mayfield double down the left field line. The Bears broke the tie in the bottom of the ninth with a game-ending sac-fly for the 3-2 upset victory.
Brown led the Panthers with three of their 11 hits, going 3-5 at the plate. Mayfield and senior Jeremy Hatley were both 2-4. Freshman Ryan Gaines started on the mound and threw five innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts, and he was followed by freshman Wilson Jamison for two innings, who allowed one hit, and finally senior Miles Nordgren in the last 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and the game-winning run with one strikeout. Nordgren falls to 4-2 with the loss.