Softball Defeats Case, 11-1, For Third-Straight Win at UAA Championship
Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 12, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team picked up its third-straight victory at the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship with an 11-1 win over Case Western Reserve University on Saturday morning in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Washington U. pounded out 17 hits in the victory, its second most in a game this season. After being shutout to No. 10 Emory University 8-0 on Thursday, the Bears have scored 25 runs and recorded 43 hits in the last three games.
The Bears jumped on Case Western Reserve starter Katherine Seo with five runs in their first at-bat. Sophomore Ashley Janssen led off the game with a bunt single, and then scored after junior Alyssa Abramoski doubled to right field. With two outs, senior Claire Voris sent a pitch over the left field wall to make it 3-0.
The Bears were not done yet, as sophomore Alex Fjeldheim singled and then freshman Maggie Mullen doubled moving Fjeldheim to third. Sophomore Sondra Polonsky followed with a two-RBI single to drive them both in to make it 5-0. Polonsky did it again in the third, driving in two with a double to push the advantage to 7-0.
Sophomore pitcher Kathy Peter allowed an earned run in the third inning, and picked up the win (3-1) allowing two hits in three innings pitched. Junior Olivia Cook allowed one hit in the final two innings.
Voris added an RBI single in the fourth, and then Janssen had a two-RBI single in the fifth to round out the scoring for the Bears. Polonsky was 3-for-3 with four RBIs, while Mullen had three hits and three runs scored to raise her team-leading batting average to .444. Abramoski, Fjeldheim, Janssen, Peter and Voris also had two hits in the win.
Washington University (6-3-1, 3-1 UAA) continues play in the 2011 UAA Championship with a pair of games on Sunday, March 13. The Bears take on No. 10 ranked and undefeated Emory University at 10 a.m. (ET), followed by a contest with the University of Rochester at Noon.
Bear Notebook: The home run for Voris was her team-leading third of the season, and 10th of her career, moving into a tie for ninth all-time.