Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Webster to Improve to 24-7-1
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St. Louis, Mo., April 10, 2011 – Freshman Maggie Mullen drove in five runs and junior Olivia Cook threw a complete-game shutout as the Washington University in St. Louis softball team posted a doubleheader sweep over Webster University on Sunday afternoon at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis, Mo.
Mullen was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the Bears 6-3 game one victory, while Cook struck out six and allowed two hits in a 5-0 win in game two.
Sophomore Ashley Janssen and junior Corissa Santos each had two hits for Washington University, which out hit Webster, 9-7. Senior Claire Voris, whose 12-game hitting streak was snapped with a 0-for-4 performance at the plate, picked up the win (11-3) on the mound allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Voris also struck out 13 batters in the win, moving into 25th all-time in NCAA Division III history with 752.
A pair of RBI singles by Mullen and sophomore Sondra Polonsky gave Washington U. an early 2-0 lead after an inning. Voris cruised through the first five innings of play allowing two hits while striking out nine.
Webster (14-12) added a run in the top of the sixth, but Washington U. scored four insurance runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth. Mullen and fellow freshman Kelsey Neal each had a two-run home run in the inning for the Bears.
The Gorloks chipped away in the seventh with two runs on three hits, but Voris got Jessica Arcangel to strike out to end the game.
Cook was in control from start to finish in game two, as he improved to 8-3 on the mound and dropped her team-leading earned run average to 1.96. She allowed a two-out single to Chelsea Schaffer in the top of the first, before retiring the next 16 batters. Cook struck out a season-high six batters and did not issue a walk as she tossed her ninth complete game of the year.
Mullen gave Cook all the run support she needed in the bottom of the first, driving in Voris and Polonsky with a double to left field to make it 2-0 after one inning of play. The Bears tacked on two more runs in the fourth, following a pair of RBI singles by sophomore Alex Fjeldheim and Cook.
Senior Ally Berenter led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to left field to push the lead to 5-0. The home run for Berenter was the fifth of the season and 14th of her career, moving her into a tie for sixth on the Washington U. all-time list.
Fjeldheim was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as she upped her average to .386. The Bears outhit Webster, 8-2, in game two.
Washington University (24-7-1) returns to action on Wednesday, April 13, for a doubleheader at Westminster College. Game one is set to begin at 4 p.m. in Fulton, Mo.
Bear Notebook: Mullen now leads the team in batting average (.434), home runs (seven) and RBIs (33) … Berenter’s walk in game one was the 50th of her career, second most in school history … Washington University and Webster raised $1,327 as part of the Strikeout Cancer event on Sunday.