Cook and Neal Pitch Softball Bears to a Pair of Wins at Webster
GAME 1 | GAME 2 | UPDATED STATS
Webster Groves, Mo., April 15, 2012 – A pair of impressive pitching performances by senior Olivia Cook and sophomore Kelsey Neal led the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a pair of shutout victories on Sunday afternoon at Webster University at Blackburn Park in Webster Groves, Mo.
Cook (11-6) allowed three hits and struck out one in a 4-0 victory in game one for Washington U. The victory for Cook was the 41st of her career, while the shutout was her 11th, tied for fourth most in school history. Neal (8-3) followed suit with a three-hit shutout of her own in the 6-0 win in game two. She struck out three and did not walk a batter as she tossed her first-career shutout.
Washington U. 4, Webster 0 – Game One
Sophomore Maggie Mullen got the Bears on the scoreboard in the first inning of game one with a sacrifice fly RBI scoring Cook. It remained a one-run game until the fourth, when freshman Alyssa Wilson drove in two with a two-out single up the middle to push the advantage to 3-0. The Bears had two hits and took advantage of a walk in the two-run fourth inning.
Wilson did it again in the sixth, lacing a single up the middle to score senior Alyssa Abramoski to push the lead to 4-0. Wilson finished the contest 2-for-3 with a career-high three RBIs. The multi-hit game for Wilson was her second-straight and third of the year. Senior Corissa Santos added a pair of hits, as Washington U. was limited to five hits in the game one victory.
Washington U. 6, Webster 0 – Game Two
The Bears scored four runs on three hits and took advantage of an error in the top of the first inning of game two to jump out in front 4-0. After a leadoff walk by junior Ashley Janssen, Santos doubled to right center pushing across the first run of the game.
Junior Sondra Polonsky singled and Abramoski walked to load the bases with two outs, but a throwing error by Webster shortstop Kristie Konersmann allowed two runs to score. Freshman Adrienne White followed with a double to left field scoring Abramoski to make it 4-0.
A solo homerun by Santos in the second inning pushed the lead to 5-0, and then an RBI single by White in the fifth rounded out the scoring for Washington U. The Bears had 10 hits in the game-two victory, and left 10 runners on base.
Mullen (2-for-4), Santos (2-for-3, two runs scored, two RBIs) and White (2-for-3, two RBIs) each had a pair of hits for Washington U. Santos’ four hits on Sunday moved her past Laura D’Andrea (181, 2005-08) into second place on the all-time hits list with 182.
Washington University (22-10) begins a four-game homestand against Millikin University on Thursday, April 19. Game one is set to begin at 4 p.m.
Bear Notebook: Santos and Abramoski moved into sixth place all-time with 161 games played … The homerun for Santos in game two was the 16th of her career, fifth most in school history … Abramoski crossed the plate three times on Sunday to up her career total to 122, seven shy of the school record (Laura D’Andrea, 129) … Polonsky recorded the 100th hit in her career in game two … NCAA Regional Rankings will be announced on Wednesday at www.ncaa.com/sports/softball/d3.