Neal and Pitkin Dominant on Mound as Washington U. Softball Sweeps Monmouth
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Monmouth, Ill., April 27, 2013 – A pair of dominant pitching performances by junior Kelsey Neal and freshman Annie Pitkin led the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a doubleheader sweep on Saturday at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill.
The Bears won game one 3-1 on the heals of Neal, before scoring seven runs in the fourth inning en route to a 10-0 win in five innings in game two.
Sophomore Adrienne White continued her recent tear at the plate, going 5-for-5 with a triple, walk, three runs scored and an RBI in the doubleheader sweep. White is hitting .800 (8-for-10) with one home run, three walks and five RBIs in the last four games, and has upped her batting average from .350 to .386.
Game One – Washington U. 3, Monmouth 1
Neal (13-7) tossed her 10th complete game of the season, allowing four hits and one earned run. After giving up a run in the first inning, Neal did not allow a runner to reach third base in the final six innings.
Trailing 1-0, Washington U. scored three runs on three hits in its second at-bat, while taking advantage of a Monmouth error. Junior Stacy Berg and White started the inning with back-to-back singles before freshman Brooke Hofer reached on an error allowing Berg to score. After a walk by senior Claire Downs, senior Ashley Janssen drove in a run with a sac fly to right. An RBI single by sophomore Paige Biles pushed the advantage to 3-1.
Washington U. had 10 hits in the victory, led by White’s 3-for-3 performance. Janssen was 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI, while Biles was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game Two – Washington U. 10, Monmouth 0 (Five Innings)
Pitkin (12-4) kept Monmouth off the base paths in game two, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts and did not walk a batter in four innings pitched. Freshman Amanda Kalupa pitched a scoreless fifth inning to preserve the shutout.
The Bears scored an unearned run in the second after junior Maggie Mullen singled to lead off the inning, and then came around to score on a passed ball. With Pitkin in charge on the mound, the Bears exploded for seven runs on six in hits in the top of the fourth to make it 8-0. Biles, Hofer, Janssen each had RBI singles in the seven-run fourth, while Neal had a two-RBI double.
Washington U. added two more runs in the fifth to push the advantage to 10-0. Berg doubled to lead off the inning, and then White followed with an RBI triple driving in Berg. Senior Sondra Polonsky followed with a sacrifice RBI to round out the scoring. Polonsky has five sacrifice flies in 2013, third most in NCAA Division III.
Mullen was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while White was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Washington U. had 10 hits for the second-straight game.
Washington University (28-12) concludes a four-game road trip at DePauw University Sunday, April 28, in Greencastle, Ind. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m. (ET).
Bear Notebook: Janssen has reached base in 31-straight games and leads the team with a .523 on-base percentage … Neal has 53 RBIs in 40 games played, just four shy of the WUSTL single-season record … Neal is also two RBIs shy of 100 for her career … Janssen moved into a tie for sixth-place on the all-time hits list (172), and is three shy of entering the top four … Janssen is also one walk shy of tying Corissa Santos’ (2009-12) school record … Janssen and Polonsky both played their 150th game of the career.