Christian Santos’ Walkoff Homer Lifts Bears to 3-2 Win Over No. 3 Emory

Christian Santos’ Walkoff Homer Lifts Bears to 3-2 Win Over No. 3 Emory

From Washington University Athletics

Junior Christian Santos drove an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall with two outs in the bottom of the 10thinning to give the Washington University in St. Louis baseball team a 3-2 win over No. 3 Emory University Friday afternoon at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.

After Emory scored a run in the top of the 10th to take a 2-1 lead, senior Max Golembo hit a one-out single to shallow center field to put the tying run on base for the Bears. After a flyout gave WashU its second out, Santos took a strike and fouled off a second pitch before hitting the game-winning homerun.

WashU broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Conor O'Hara hit a one-out single to left field and came around to score on back-to-back wild pitches. The Eagles took advantage of a hit batter with two outs in the top of the third and tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single on a two-strike pitch.

With the score still tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Santos led off with a bouncing single to third base and O'Hara hit the first pitch of his at-bat to the gap in left-center for a double. Junior Ted Daley drew an intentional walk to load the bases with no outs, but a fielder's choice, a popup and a strikeout ended the inning with the teams still tied. In the top of the 10th, Emory drew a leadoff walk in an eight-pitch at-bat and a one-out double gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

Golembo (3-for-4), Santos (2-for-5) and O'Hara (2-for4) accounted for seven of WashU's eight hits in the game. Sophomore Alex Truss (1-0) earned the first win of his career with two-thirds of an inning of relief. Senior Julian Clarke pitched an outstanding 9.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out five.

WashU improved to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the UAA with its fifth win in a row, while Emory dropped to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Bears have a one-game lead over Case Western Reserve University in the UAA standings with two games remaining.