Sixth Inning Woes Hamper Washington U. Softball at Mizuno Invitational
CENTRAL BOX | AUGIE BOX
St. Louis, Mo., March 23, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team gave up 11 of its 12 runs on the day in the sixth inning as the Bears dropped a pair of games at the Mizuno Invitational Saturday at the WU Softball Field.
Washington U. surrendered six runs in the sixth inning in a 7-1 loss to Central College (Iowa) 7-1 in the opening game, and then gave up five runs in the sixth inning in a 5-1 loss to Augustana College (Illinois) in game two.
Central (Iowa) 7, Washington U. 1
Central (13-5) took the lead in its first at-bat after Emily TeBrink hit a solo home run off junior starter Kelsey Neal. The Bears answered back with solo home run in the bottom of the second from junior Stacy Berg to tie the score at 1-1. The home run for Berg was her team-leading fifth of the season.
Neal kept the Central bats in check allowing just three hits in the first five innings, but the Dutch got the lead back in the sixth for good with six runs. Annie Sarcone’s RBI single broke the 1-1 tie, and then an Heidi Reiburn drove in a run with a single down the left field line to make it 3-1. Wartburg transfer Katie Canney then put the game out of reach with a grand slam off freshman relief pitcher Brooke Hofer to push the lead to 7-1.
Neal (9-3) suffered the loss allowing five hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while Hofer allowed two hits and three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Senior Ashley Janssen was 3-for-4 in the loss for Washington U., who had seven hits and left nine runners on base.
Augustana 5, Washington U. 1
Washington U. broke a 0-0 scoreless tie with a run on two hits in the fifth inning. Janssen singled to lead off the inning, and then sophomore Adrienne White walked to push Janssen to second. Janssen was forced out at third moving White to second, and then scored on a single to center by Neal.
Augustana (10-4) got its first two runners of the game to reach base in the first after a walk and a double against freshman starter Annie Pitkin, but she struck out three-straight batters to get out of the jam. Pitkin cruised through the next four innings allowing just three hits, before getting in trouble in the sixth.
The Vikings got back-to-back singles from Chelsea Lavin and Krista Watson to lead off the inning before a fielding error by White loaded the bases. Chaney Tambling followed with the big hit of the game, droving in two runs with a single to center to make it 2-1. The Vikings added three unearned runs in the inning to push the lead to 5-1.
Pitkin (5-3) took the loss allowing five hits and two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. She struck out six and walked one. Freshman Amanda Kalupa allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched in relief. The Bears left seven runners on base, and were limited to five hits in the game two loss.
Washington University (17-7) returns to action Wednesday, March 26, by hosting a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the WU Softball Field.
Bear Notebook: Neal (13 games) and Mullen (12 games) each had their season-long hitting streaks come to an end in game one … The Bears have left 35 runners on base during the current four-game losing streak … Washington U. has not lost four-straight games since the 2009 season.