A strong start and a ninth-inning rally allowed the Webster University Gorloks to sweep a St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader against Greenville College, extending their conference winning streak to 14 games, dating back to May 5, 2012.
By Jeremy ClementsOriginally written for TheGalaxyRadio.com
Behme Dominates In Game One
After having their 13-game winning streak snapped last week by Washington University, the Webster University Gorloks turned their focus to extending the team’s 12-game St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference winning streak on Tuesday Night. Sophomore Isaac Behme go the call for the Gorloks in the first game was dominant from the start. The left hander allowed one run on one hit and struck out 6 over six and one-third innings of work.
Taylor Stoulp put the Gorloks on the board with an RBI single to right field in the top of the first inning. Stoulp picked up his second RBI of the game after hitting into a fielders choice in the 3rd. Greenville’s Dalton McFarland cut the lead to 2-1 with a sac fly to center field in the 4th inning. Webster’s Joe Winckel capped the scoring with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the 6th.
Behme left the game after retiring the first batter of the seventh inning. Jason Gray retired the final two hitters to pick up his first save of the season. Greenville’s Tyler Pilcher took the loss and falls to 0-4 after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits in his five innings of work.
Kazmierski Delivers In Game Two.
All signs pointed toward the Gorloks’ conference winning streak ending in the second game of the twin bill with Greenville. Webster’s offense frustratingly left seven runners on base through the first eight frames, including leaving the bases loaded in the 7th inning. To make matters worse, Greenville was able to add an insurance run in the top of the 9th and were leading 4-2 with just three outs to play and the bottom of Webster’s’ line up was scheduled to bat. None of that, however, stopped the 18th ranked team in the nation from gutting out a come-from behind, 5-4 walk-off win in front of the home crowd.
The trouble for the Panthers started immediately as Scotty Voyles issued a lead off walk to Webster’s Ryan Hall. A pair of pinch-hit singles from Brett Buchanan and Charlie Gandolfi loaded the bases with no outs for Webster. Voyles then hit the Gorloks next batter, Cody Stevenson, forcing Hall in and cutting the score to 4-3. Taylor Stoulp followed a Corey Lasky fly out by lacing an RBI single to right field, tying the game at 4-4. Mike Rainbolt struck out swinging for the second out, bringing Alex Kazmierski to the plate. After falling behind in the count, Kazmierski sent a smashed a groundball between the shortstop and third basemen and into left, scoring the winning run to extend the Gorloks conference winning streak to 14 games.
Dylan Dean Smith picked up his second win of the season after being called in to record the final out in the top of the ninth inning. Zach Schneider allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with two strikeouts over six innings of work. Voyles takes the loss for Greenville. He falls to 1-3 on the season after allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and a hit batter in just two-thirds of an inning.
Webster improves to 18-6 overall and a perfect 10-0 in the SLAC with the sweep. Greenville falls to 5-7 in the SLIAC and 8-13 overall.
The Gorloks have a busy weekend ahead with four games on the schedule. Saturday Webster will travel to Carlinville, IL to play Blackburn and MacMurray. The Gorloks will return home for a doubleheader with Blackburn on Sunday.