No. 25 Washington U. Softball Falls to No. 4 Emory 11-3 at UAA Championship
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Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 13, 2013 – No. 4 ranked Emory University scored five runs with two outs in the third inning to break open a scoreless game as the Eagles posted an 11-3 victory in five innings over the No. 25 Washington University in St. Louis softball team Wednesday morning at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Freshman pitcher Annie Pitkin made it through the first 2 2/3 innings pitched without allowing a hit, but a flare single by pinch-hitter Melody Carter over the head of junior second baseman Kelsey Neal started a two-out rally by the Eagles. Five singles and walk later Emory took a 5-0 advantage. Pitkin nearly got out of a bases loaded jam with two outs unscathed, but her diving attempt at a flare single by Meagan Schultz tipped off the end of her glove.
A two-run home run by junior Maggie Mullen in the to top of the fourth cut the lead to 5-2, but Emory (26-1, 2-0 UAA) answered back with six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth to make it 11-2.
Pitkin (3-2) suffered the loss allowing five hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Freshman Brooke Hofer (2/3 innings pitched, four hits, five earned runs), Neal (two hits, one earned run) and freshman Amanda Kalupa (2/3 innings pitched, one hit) also saw time on the mound. Neal was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, as Washington U. was limited to seven hits.
Washington University (14-3, 2-1 UAA) returns to action Thursday with games against University of Rochester at 10 a.m. (ET) and Case Western Reserve University at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
Bear Notebook: Mullen’s home run in the fourth innings was the 19th of her career, tied for third in school history … Emory leads the all-time series 18-9, and has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams.