Washington U. Softball Picks Up 30th Win With Sweep of Millikin
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St. Louis, Mo., May 1, 2013 – Senior outfielder Ashley Janssen went 3-for-4 and tied a career-high with three RBIs in game two to highlight Washington University’s doubleheader sweep against Millikin University Wednesday at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis. Washington U. won game one 5-1, before rallying for a 10-6 victory in game two.
Janssen’s three hits move her into a tie for fourth place on the Washington University all-time hits list with 175. She also picked up a walk in game one to tie the Washington U. all-time record of 64 set by Corissa Santos (2009-12). Janssen has reached base in 33-straight games and leads the team with a .522 on-base percentage.
Game One – Washington U. 5, Millikin 1
Freshman Annie Pitkin (13-4) picked up the win in game one tossing six innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. Freshman Brooke Hofer pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to secure the victory.
Pitkin held Millikin to just one hit through the first four innings, but Washington U.’s bats were also silent until the fourth. Sophomore Paige Biles led off the inning with a single, and then junior Kelsey Neal moved Biles to second with her second sacrifice bunt of the season. Junior Maggie Mullen doubled off the left field fence to drive in Biles to make it 1-0.
Sophomore Adrienne White followed with an RBI single through the left side, and then senior Sondra Polonsky singled up the middle to make it 3-0. The Bears scored three runs on four hits in the inning. Washington U. added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Mullen to make it 4-0.
Millikin erased the shutout on an RBI single by Janet Ellis in the sixth, but Washington U. responded with a run on an RBI groundout by Hofer to round out the scoring. Mullen (2-for-3, two RBIs, run scored) and Biles (2-for-2, run scored) recorded multi-hit games for the Bears.
Game Two – Washington U. 10, Millikin 6
Millikin scored three runs in its first at-bat, as starting pitcher Janet Ellis sent a pitch from Neal over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run. The round tripper was her third of the season. Washington U. answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, as the Bears had three hits and took advantage of three wild pitches and an error. Junior Stacy Berg had an RBI single in the inning for Washington U.
Millikin (20-15) scored two runs off Neal in the second, before giving way to Hofer on the mound. Neal allowed four hits and five runs (four earned) in two innings pitched.
Washington U. got the lead back in the fourth inning scoring three runs on four hits in the fourth. Hofer helped herself with a leadoff single, and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Claire Downs. She came around to score on a single to left center by Janssen.
The Bears were not finished yet in the inning, as Biles singled and then stole second pushing Janssen to third. Neal tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep left, and then Mullen singled through the left side to make it 6-5. In the fifth, Janssen delivered the big hit of the game with a two-out double to left center scoring two making it 8-5. The Bears added two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Berg and an RBI single by Polonsky.
Berg (2-for-4, two RBIs, run scored) and Polonsky (2-for-4, RBI) each joined Janssen with a multi-hit game. Washington U. had 12 hits in the game two, its 22nd game this season with 10 or more hits. Hofer (3-1) picked up the win in relief allowing five hits and one earned run in five innings.
Washington University (30-12) concludes regular season play with a doubleheader at NAIA Lindenwood University-Belleville Saturday, May 4. First pitch is set for Noon at Moody Park in Fairview Heights, Ill.
Bear Notebook: Neal has 54 RBIs in 42 games played, three shy of the WUSTL single-season record … Neal is also one RBI shy of 100 for her career … The Bears have recorded 30 or more wins in eight of 14 seasons as a varsity program … Janssen has upped her season hit total to 63, nine shy of the WUSTL single-season record … Mullen’s three RBIs moved her into a tie for fifth on the all-time Washington U. list with 108, while Polonsky moved into 10th place with 91 … Head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté recorded career win No. 250 Wednesday – she is 251-89-1 (.738) in eight seasons at Washington U.