The Webster University baseball team lost both games of a double-header to the Hendrix College Warriors in Conway, Ark., to start the 2012 season. Webster lost the first game 4-3 in 10 innings, and gave up nine unanswered runs to fall to Hendrix 9-5 in the second game.
Webster was coming off a successful 2011 campaign in which the Gorloks went 32-13 with a 21-3 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record. The team won its fifth straight SLIAC title last year, but got off to an 0-2 start in 2012.
Senior righty David Mueller started game 1 of the double-header and received a no-decision. Mueller went seven innings, surrendering seven hits, three runs (two earned), walking one and striking out five. Freshman Isaac Behme, who started the game in right field, took the loss (0-1) with a line of 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Webster surrendered a sacrifice fly to Hendrix in the 10th inning to drop game 1. Behme drove in a run with a groundout in the top of the 4th while batting clean-up.
Junior right-hander Steven Dooley started game 2. Webster jumped out to a 5-0 lead highlighted by junior Mike Rainbolt’s triple in the top of the fourth. The Gorloks were unable to contain the Warriors, though, as Hendrix scored nine unanswered runs to sweep the double-header.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at noon in Conway, Ark., as Webster tries to salvage a victory on the road trip. Webster’s first home game at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., will be Saturday, March 3 at noon versus Grinnell College. Later that same day at GCS, the Gorloks will take on Millikin University at 6 p.m.