From March 13 to April 6 — a span of 25 days — the Webster University baseball team played 13 games and won all of them. The Gorloks’ 13-game winning streak was the program’s longest since 2010, when the baseball team won 14 games in a row.
Webster’s streak began with a 6-5 walk-off win over the College of New Jersey, and it ended with an 8-6 loss to Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). After the loss to WashU, the Gorloks reeled off 11 consecutive wins before falling to Spalding University (Ky.) on Saturday, April 27.
During the streak, Webster defeated No. 2-ranked Marietta College (Ohio), No. 9-ranked St. Joseph’s College (Maine) and No. 25-ranked Augustana College (Ill.). Five of the Gorloks’ 13 wins came against nonconference opponents while eight were against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes.
Webster outscored its opponents 117-36 during the streak. The Gorloks shut out three of their opponents and didn’t allow any of them to score more than eight runs in a game. Webster scored nine or more runs six times during the streak.
“The nature that we did (the streak) was interesting because it was the second half of the spring trip and then the start of the conference season that did it,” Webster coach Bill Kurich said. “We faced very, very good teams in that second half of the spring trip. We felt good coming back from there, and I felt good that we’d have a chance to rattle off a number of wins in a row once we got back.”
Senior pitcher Steven Dooley started four games during the streak. He threw 23 2/3 innings and allowed 7 earned runs. He recorded 24 strikeouts during that span and went 2-0.
“Baseball is a funny sport,” Dooley said. “You can be the better team out there but just have an off day of hitting or pitching or whatever. But there was one week (during the streak) where we had six games in (six) days. Winning all six games there, that’s hard to do. … It’s difficult, but we don’t expect to lose to anybody. But it happens.”
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