Washington U. Softball Drops Pair of Home Games to NCAA Division II Union
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team dropped a pair of home games to NCAA Division II Union University (Tenn.) Monday afternoon at the WU Softball Field.
Union scored four runs in the sixth inning en route to a 5-1 win in game one, and then got seven runs in the fourth in the 10-2 five-inning victory in game two.
Washington University (25-11) hosts Fontbonne University Friday, April 26, in its final two home games of the 2013 season. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Fontbonne is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Rankings, while Washington U. is No. 6.
Union (Tenn.) 5, Washington U. 1 – Game One
It was a pitcher’s dual between Union’s Brooke Thomas and Washington U. freshman Annie Pitkin in game one. The Bulldogs initially got on the board in the third inning on a double by Shelby Lamb, but DeShuni Sanders was called out at the plate after missing home plate.
Junior Maggie Mullen broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run. The round tripper for Mullen was her seventh of the season and 22nd of her career. Pitkin continued to have the upper hand against Union, but got in some trouble with two outs in the sixth.
Sam Gielser tied the score at 1-1 with a two-strike home run to left field. Union was not done yet in the sixth, as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with three-straight singles. Pinch-hitter Caylee Crews blooped a single to right field that senior Hilary Stepansky misplayed, allowing all three runs to score. Crew was credited with two RBIs on the play. Union added a run in the seventh off freshman relief pitcher Brooke Hofer to round out the scoring.
Pitkin (10-4) suffered the tough-luck loss allowing 10 hits, four runs (three earned) in six innings pitched, while Hofer allowed three hits and an earned run in an inning. Washington U. had five hits in the loss, its lowest hit total in almost a month.
Union (Tenn.) 10, Washington U. 2 (five innings) – Game Two
Union (21-18) made sure it would get the lead first in game two as Alex Williams crushed the first pitch of the game from junior Kelsey Neal over the left field fence. The home run was the sixth of the year for the leadoff hitter for the Bulldogs.
It remained a one-run game until the fourth, when the Bulldogs got to Neal and freshman Amanda Kalupa for seven runs on seven hits. Neal (12-6) took the loss allowing six hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Kalupa recorded just one out in the fourth and was roughed up for four hits and three earned runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Katie Beth Fesmire added a two-run home run off Hofer in the fifth to push the Union lead to 10-0. Washington U. finally got the bats going in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs on four hits and left the bases loaded. Neal drove in both of the runs for Washington U. in the fifth with a double.
Mullen finished the game 2-for-3, and had three hits in the doubleheader. The Bulldogs finished game two with 14 hits, while Bears were limited to just five hits off Union starter Kelly Robey.
Bear Notebook: The two teams met for the first time in school history Monday … Senior Ashley Janssen moved into seventh in school history in hits (168) … Janssen’s stolen base in game one was the 33rd of her career, moving into a tie for fourth all-time.