Washington University Softball Splits Doubleheader With Fontbonne
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., April 26, 2013 – Sophomore Adrienne White drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the sixth inning as the Washington University in St. Louis softball team rallied for a 4-3 victory in game one over Fontbonne University Friday at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis. Fontbonne scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 12-5 win in game two.
White was 2-for-2 with two RBIS in the game one victory for Washington U. She finished the day 3-for-5 with one home run and four RBIs and was on bases five times in the doubleheader.
Washington University (26-12) returns to action with a pair of doubleheaders at Monmouth College Saturday, April 27 (1 and 3 p.m.) and DePauw University Sunday, April 28 (1 and 3 p.m.).
Washington U. 4, Fontbonne 3 – Game One
The Griffins broke open game one with three runs on three hits in the top of the third inning off freshman pitcher Annie Pitkin. Pitkin walked the leadoff hitter Cara Hargate, and then No. 8 hitter Emily Smith singled to left moving Hargate to second. Sarah Cerutti singled to left driving in the first run of the game, and then Casi Glixman’s two-out, two-RBI single to center made it 3-0.
Washington U. got the leadoff runners on in the fourth following a walk by junior Kelsey Neal and a single by junior Maggie Mullen, but the Bears managed just one run after an RBI groundout by senior Sondra Polonsky.
The Bears regained the lead at 4-3 in the fifth with three runs on four hits. Washington U. loaded the bases with walks to Pitkin and senior Ashley Janssen, and an infield single by sophomore Paige Biles. Neal cut the lead in half with a deep sac fly to center, and then with two outs when White smacked a two-run single to left to give the lead for good.
Pitkin (12-4) recovered from the third inning to allow just one hit over the final four innings of play. Pitkin struck out five and walked two en route to her fifth complete game of the season. Washington U. had seven hits in the win, led by White’s 2-for-2 performance with a walk and two RBIs. Glixman had two of Fontbonne’s five hits in the loss.
Fontbonne 12, Washington U. 5 – Game Two
The Bears played from behind for the second-straight game after Cara Hargate launched a two-out solo home run in the second inning of WUSTL starter Kelsey Neal. She had to pitch around two errors following the home run to keep it a one-run game.
Fontbonne (28-11) busted the game open in the fourth scoring six runs on four hits, and took advantage of a pair of errors by Washington U. Neal hit the first batter of the inning and then allowed a hit before giving way to freshman Brooke Hofer.
Despite the seven-run deficit, Washington U. did not go away as Mullen walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth and then White sent a pitch from Fontbonne starter Lindsay Schaefer just over the left field fence for a two-run home run to make it 7-2. After the home run by White, the Bears loaded the bases after a walk by Polonsky and back-to-back singles by Hofer and senior Claire Downs. Janssen lined to center and Biles lined to third to end the threat.
Washington U. got two more runs back in the fifth when junior Stacy Berg launched a two-run home run to left center to make it 7-4. The home run for Berg was her ninth of the season, two shy of the Washington U. single-season record. The Griffins added two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh on a three-run home run to center by Marissa Simon.
Neal (12-6) took the loss on the mound allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) in three innings pitched. Hofer tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief giving up six hits and six runs (three earned), while Pitkin was roughed up for three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Berg was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and run scored, as Washington U. had eight hits but was hampered by five errors in defeat.
Bear Notebook: Fontbonne was ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Rankings, while Washington University was No. 7 … Neal’s RBI in game one was her 51st of the season, six shy of the WUSTL single-season record … Mullen scored four runs in the doubleheader, moving into 10th on the all-time list (107) … Janssen walked twice Friday and is now two shy of the WUSTL all-time record of 64 set by Corissa Santos (2009-12) … Janssen has also reached base in 29-straight games.