WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University baseball team was shut down for seven innings today as the 18th-ranked Washington University Bears completed a University Athletic Association sweep, 11-0, today.
WashU starter Matt Ashbaugh allowed just one hit over the first six innings, a second-inning single by sophomore DH Luke Hall (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown). Ashbaugh walked three batters, including Hall to start the fifth inning, but he did not allow a runner past second base.
Offensively, WashU got all the scoring they would need with back-to-back doubles in the third inning by shortstop Caleb Durbin and second baseman Evan Nagel against Judge sophomore righty Mason Newman (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle).
The Bears would score four runs in the fifth, including another RBI double by Nagel, and put the game out of reach with six in the seventh, forcing the game to end early with the 10-run rule invoked at 11-0. Nagel drove in two more in that frame to finish the game 3-5 with a run scored and four RBI. Durbin was 2-3 with three runs scored and a walk. In all, eight different WashU players scored runs, while nine had hits.
Ashbaugh improved to 4-0 on the season as Washington is now 20-3-1 overall, 6-0 in the UAA. Newman dropped to 1-3 as Brandeis is now 9-13, 0-8 UAA.
The Judges step out of conference for their next two home games, against Newbury College on Wednesday and Becker College on Thursday. Both games have been pushed back to 7 p.m. starts.