Softball Splits Pair of Games at IWU Invite
IWU BOX | ANDERSON BOX
Bloomington, Ill. April 13, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team gained a split Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 eight-inning victory over Anderson University in game two of the Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational in Bloomington, Ill. The Bears dropped an 8-3 decision to No. 20 ranked Illinois Wesleyan in the opener.
Washington University (21-9) hosts Webster University in a doubleheader Sunday, April 13, at Noon. The Gorloks have a 16-7 overall record and have won six-straight games.
#20 Illinois Wesleyan 8, Washington U. 3 – Game One
Illinois Wesleyan (17-7) scored three runs on four hits of WUSTL junior starter Kelsey Neal in its first at-bat to jump out in front 3-0. Allie Riordan drove in a run with a two-out double, and then Hannah Bowen followed with a two-RBI single. The Titans added a run in the third after a two-out home run to right by Emma Clark. The home run for Clark was the eighth of the season.
After striking out eight times in the first four innings of play, Washington U. made an adjustment to the wide strike zone in the fifth. Senior Ashley Janssen and sophomore Paige Biles reached on infield singles, and then a walk by Neal loaded the bases. Mullen drove in a run after being hit-by-pitch, and then junior Stacy Berg made it 4-2 with a sacrifice fly. Molly McCready threw 47 pitches in the fifth for IWU.
The Titans answered back with four runs in the fifth on five hits and took advantage of two Washington University errors to jump ahead 8-2. Neal drove in a run in the top of the seventh with a sac fly to round out the scoring.
Neal (10-4) took the loss for Washington U. allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Freshman Amanda Kalupa tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief allowing four hits. Janssen (3-for-4, two runs scored) and Biles (2-for-4, run scored) combined for five of the seven hits for Washington U.
Washington U. 7, Anderson 5 (eight innings) – Game Two
The Bears scored in the first inning in game two with three runs on two hits and took advantage of two errors by Anderson.
Janssen walked to leadoff the game, and then Biles singled to the shortstop. Second baseman Lauren Smith dropped the throw at first allowing Janssen to move to third, and then a wild throw by Smith allowed Janssen to score. Washington U. was not done yet in the inning, as Mullen drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt and the Berg pushed across a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Anderson (14-9) scored a run in the bottom of the first, and then tied the score at 4-4 after a three-run home run by Smith in the fourth off freshman pitcher Brooke Hofer. An RBI single by Mullen in the fifth gave Washington U. the lead back at 5-4.
With the one-run lead, Washington U. went to freshman pitcher Annie Pitkin in relief. She allowed just one hit in the first two innings of work, but a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh by Yardley Collett kept things alive for Anderson. Pitkin got Megan Ream to pop up to shallow center on the ensuing at-bat, but the ball went off the glove of sophomore Adrienne White to allow the tying run to score.
White made up for the error in the top of the eighth, as she drove in the eventual game-winning run with a sharp single to left field to score Mullen from third. Freshman Lauren Worthen followed with an RBI double to right center to score White to add an insurance run. Pitkin got the first two batters on a strikeout in the eighth, and then got a groundout to end the game.
Pitkin (8-3) picked up the win allowing two hits in four innings of relief, while striking out five. Washington U. had 12 hits in the win, with eight players recording a hit. Berg (2-for-4, RBI), Biles (2-for-4, two runs scored), Mullen (2-for-3, two RBIs) and senior Sondra Polonsky (2-for-4, RBI) all had multi-hit games for the Bears.
Bear Notebook: Mullen became the sixth player in school history to record 100 RBIs in a career … Janssen and Neal have reached base in 21-straight games … Janssen had four hits in the doubleheader to move into 10th on the WUSTL all-time hits list (161) … Polonsky’s double against Anderson was the 26th of her career, tied for ninth in school history … Biles was caught stealing in game one snapping a streak of 15 straight steals dating back to 2012.