Washington University Softball Splits Doubleheader With Fontbonne
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 2011 – Freshman Maggie Mullen went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and a career-high six RBIs in game one as the Washington University in St. Louis softball team split a doubleheader with regional foe Fontbonne University on Friday afternoon at the WU Softball Field.
Washington University won game one, 10-2 in five innings, and then dropped game two, 6-5.
Washington U. got things going in the bottom of the first inning of game one off Fontbonne starter Brittany Kirn with two runs on three hits. Sophomore Ashley Janssen led off the inning with a single to left field, and then moved to third on a check swing single to right by senior Claire Voris. Junior Corissa Santos singled to left scoring Janssen to make it 1-0, and then Voris scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Bears added four more runs in the bottom of the second, doing all the damage with two outs. Sophomore Kathy Peter doubled down the left field line, and then moved to third on a single by Janssen. Junior Alyssa Abramoski roped a two-out, two RBI double to right center that rolled to the wall scoring Peter and Janssen to make it 4-0. Back-to-back walks by Voris and Santos loaded the bases, and then Mullen doubled off the left field wall to push the lead to 6-0.
Fontbonne (22-8) got on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the third following a pair of home runs by Sarah Cerutti and Jess Stevens. The home run by Cerutti was her team-leading sixth of the season.
Mullen put the game out of reach with a grand slam to center field with two outs in the fourth inning to put the Bears up 10-2. The grand slam for Mullen was the first of her career, while the home run was her team-leading eighth of the season.
Voris (14-3) allowed three hits and two earned runs while striking out nine in the game one victory. She also moved past Megan Soultz (DePauw, 2007-10) into 22nd place on the NCAA Division III all-time list with 787 strikeouts. Janssen, Mullen and Peter each had a pair of hits for Washington U., who had nine hits in the victory.
The Griffins jumped out in front in their first at-bat in game two off WU starter Olivia Cook, following an RBI single to right center by Amanda Beaver with two outs. The runner Amy Simon scored all the way from first base on the long single by Beaver. Fontbonne plated two more runs in the top of the second inning to push the advantage to 3-0.
An RBI single by sophomore Alex Fjeldheim in the bottom of the second inning trimmed the lead to 3-1, and then Janssen added a two-out walk with the bases loaded to make it 3-2. The Griffins tallied a run in both the third and fourth inning to increase Fontbonne’s lead to 5-2.
The Bears answered back with a run in the fourth, as Janssen drove in sophomore Sondra Polonsky with an RBI double down the left field line. The Griffins added an unearned run in the fifth to make it 6-3. Cook (9-5) took the loss for Washington U., allowing five hits and three earned runs in two innings. Voris pitched five innings in relief allowing five hits and two earned runs.
Washington U. rallied in the bottom of the seventh, getting the first three batters on base with singles. Voris singled home Janssen to make it 6-4 with one out, and after Santos reached on a fielders choice, Mullen singled to right to make it 6-5. Santos was thrown out on the single by Mullen for the second out of the inning. With Mullen at first with two outs, Fjeldheim flied to deep left field to end the game.
The Bears outhit Fontbonne, 11-10, in game two, as Janssen, Mullen and Voris had two hits apiece. Janssen was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the doubleheader, raising her team-leading average to .441.
Washington University (28-9-1) returns to action on Saturday, April 30, with a doubleheader at No. 18 ranked DePauw University. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m. (ET).
Bear Notebook: Voris is now the Bears’ all-time leader in games pitched (114) and tied for first in complete games (70) … Washington U. is ranked No. 3 in the Midwest Region, while Fontbonne was No. 5.