Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Blackburn; Bears Improve to 16-5-1
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., March 23, 2011 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep over Blackburn College on Wednesday afternoon at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis, Mo. The Bears posted a 16-2 five-inning victory in in game one, and followed with a 10-5 win in game two.
Washington U. recorded 34 hits in the two-game sweep over Blackburn, and hit .540 as a team. The Bears also had 12 extra-base hits, including five home runs.
Sophomore Ashley Janssen went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and was on base all seven at-bats in the wins, upping her average to .433. Junior Alyssa Abramoski also had a nice day at the plate extending her hitting streak to 11 games going 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. Freshman Maggie Mullen was 4-or-7 with two home runs and eight RBIs, while sophomore Alex Fjeldheim was 4-for-7 with two doubles and senior Ally Berenter was 3-for-7 with two home runs and three RBIs.
After Blackburn scored two unearned runs in the first off senior starter Claire Voris, the Bears answered back with three runs of their own to take the lead for good. Janssen singled to lead off the game, and then advanced third after a double by Abramoski. Mullen cleared the bases with a three-run home run to make it 3-2 after one inning of play.
The Bears added three more runs in the second inning, after a home run by Berenter and a two-RBI double by Abramoski. Washington U. scored five more in the third, highlighted by a three-run home run by Mullen, and then a three-run triple by sophomore Hilary Stepansky made it 15-2.
Voris improved to 6-2 on the mound, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. She also struck out nine and walked one in the victory. Voris struck out Stephanie Shewmaker for the third out of the first inning, marking the 700th career strikeout of her illustrious career. She has 706 strikeouts in her four-year career, which is second in school history and is 43 shy of cracking the top-25 all-time in Division III history.
Abramoski and Janssen had three hits apiece in the game one victory for Washington U., which pounded out a season-high 20 hits. Mullen was also 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs.
After spotting Blackburn a run in the first in game two, the Bears erupted for six runs in the third inning to make it 6-1. Fjeldheim had a two RBI double to centerfield and Berenter drilled her second home run of the day in the third. Blackburn (5-5) trimmed the lead to 6-5 with four runs in the fourth inning off junior Olivia Cook.
The score would remain the same until the bottom of the sixth, when Voris hit her team-leading fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field, to make it 10-5. Fjeldheim went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Janssen, Mullen, junior Corissa Santos and sophomore Sondra Polonsky added two hits apiece. Cook (6-2) picked up the win for Washington U. allowing seven hits and four earned runs.
Washington University (16-5-1) continues its 12-game homestand with a doubleheader against Millikin University on Saturday, March 26. First pitch is set for Noon at the WU Softball Field.
Bear Notebook: Berenter and Voris are now tied for eighth place in school history with 12 home runs … Abramoski upped her batting average to .484, which ranks second in the UAA behind Emory’s Megan Light (.507) … Head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté is now two wins shy of 200 for her career.