Webster baseball shortens schedule for 2021

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Webster’s baseball team will only play 36 games in the 2021 regular season, four fewer than normal. The team will start the season facing off against Wabash College.

The Webster baseball team will play a 36-game regular season in 2021. This is briefly shortened compared to the normal 40-game schedule. 

The Gorloks will open their season against Wabash College. They haven’t played Wabash since the second full-season of Webster baseball existence, where Wabash defeated Webster 10-0 in back-to-back games. Wabash has been to the Division III National tournament just once in the past five years. 

Webster will then host the fourth annual Webster BSN Sports Classic. Webster’s opponents have yet to be announced for the games. The Gorloks are undefeated in their BSN Sports Classic games, going 6-0 over the past three years. 

The team will then host Westminster for a four-game series. Historically, Webster has been dominant against Westminster, winning over 65% of their matchups, but Westminster has won four of the last eight. The two did not play in 2020. The last time the two met up, in 2019, Webster won three of the four games, including a 14-2 mercy-rule win. 

Webster then will travel to Blackburn College to play four games on the road. Webster has a 31-game win streak against Blackburn. They have not defeated Webster since 2007. 

The Gorloks will play at Washington University (WashU) next. WashU has won 29 of the 46 meetings between the schools, but Webster has won five of the last six. 

Next on the schedule is Spalding University, who will travel to Webster for the weekend of March 27. Webster is 23-10 against Spalding, however, no game has ever been decided by more than seven runs. The Gorloks are 12-1 against Spalding when playing at home. 

Webster then travels to Eureka, against whom Webster has won 21 of their last 22 meetings. The Gorloks score an average of over 11 runs against Eureka. The most extreme instance of Webster’s offense happened in 2015 when Webster scored 40 runs against Eureka, a Webster record.

Then the Gorloks will travel to Greenville University. Webster has won the last four meetings, outscoring Greenville 43-3 in those games. 

Fontbonne will visit Webster on the weekend of April 24. Webster has won 45 of their 61 games against Fontbonne. Fontbonne did defeat Webster 9-0 in their last meeting in 2019. 

To open May, Webster will play a double-header against Millikan University. The team hasn’t played Millikan since 2012. Webster has won four of their six meetings. Millikan has had a winning record in just two of their last 16 seasons. 

Webster will end their regular season schedule against Iowa Wesleyan. The Gorloks have won their last 10 games against Iowa Wesleyan and are 16-2 all-time. 

The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) tournament is set to be played starting on May 13. The Division III World Series is scheduled to be played June 4 through June 9. Webster has won the SLIAC regular-season title 13 seasons in a row, and has appeared in the Division III World Series in four of the last eight years. 

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