Softball Splits Pair of Games at UAA Championship
BOX 1 | BOX 2
Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 13, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team split a pair of games on day four of the 2011 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship held in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Bears dropped a 8-0 decision in six innings to No. 10 ranked Emory University in game one, and rebounded for a 6-2 win over the University of Rochester in the second game.
Emory (20-0, 6-0 UAA) scored an unearned run off WUSTL starting pitcher Olivia Cook in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Claire Bailey recorded the RBI groundout for the Eagles, after Nicole Perez walked and then advanced to third on a throwing error by third baseman Claire Voris.
The Bears had plenty of scoring opportunities in the first four innings, leaving six stranded runners. Washington U. had runners on second and third in the top of the fourth, but Bridget Holloway got junior Rebecca Salisbury to ground out.
The Eagles added two more runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of two walks. Brittany Boeshore drove in Megan Light for the first run of the inning, and then pinch-hitter Catherine Norman walked with the bases load. Boeshore pushed Emory out in front 6-0 in the fifth with a three-run home run off Voris, and then Meghan Light hit a two-run walk-off home run in the sixth.
Cook suffered the loss for the Bears, allowing four hits and two earned run in three innings pitched. Voris was also ruffed up for seven hits and five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Bears had eight hits in the loss, all singles. Voris was 3-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Maggie Mullen was 2-for-3.
Cook made the start in game two and allowed just four hits through the first five innings of play against Rochester. The Bears scored three runs in the third inning to jump ahead 3-0. A two-out RBI single by Mullen drove in the first run of the game, and then sophomore Sondra Polonsky drove in two with a ground rule double.
Rochester (7-4, 3-4 UAA) scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning following a two-RBI double by M.C. Wagner. Gena Bradford-Tume pinch ran for Wagner, and moved to third with two outs after a fly out by Erin Clark. Cook kept it a one-run game after striking out Sam Melvin to end the threat.
The Bears added three insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning, after junior Corissa Santos ended a 0-for-6 slump with a three-run home run. The round-tripper for Santos was the first of the season and eighth of her career.
Cook (2-1) tossed six innings allowing seven hits and two earned runs, while striking out five. Voris pitched the seventh allowing a hit and striking out two. The Bears were limited to five hits in the win, led by Polonsky’s 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs.
Washington University (7-4-1, 4-2 UAA)) concludes play in the 17th Annual UAA Softball Championship with a pair of games on Monday, March 14. The Bears take on Brandeis University at 10 a.m. (ET), followed by a 12:30 p.m. start against Case Western Reserve University.