Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., May 5, 2012 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team closed out regular season play with a pair of one-run victories over Lindenwood University-Belleville on Saturday afternoon at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis.
Senior Olivia Cook tossed a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory in game one, and then Washington U. rallied with three runs in the seventh in a 4-3 win in the second game.
Washington University concludes the 2012 season with a 28-12 overall record, its 10th-straight season with 25 or more wins.
Washington U. 1, Lindenwood-Belleville 0 – Game One
Cook (15-6) was in control from start to finish in the first game of the doubleheader. She allowed three hits and struck out three en route to the 45th victory of her career. Cook allowed just one base runner to reach third base.
The scored was tied in the bottom of the fifth when Washington U. pushed its only run across the plate. Junior Ashley Janssen walked with one out, and then advanced to second following a groundout by senior Alyssa Abramoski. Senior Corissa Santos followed with an RBI double to left center scoring Janssen for the game-winning run. The double for Santos was the 50th of her career, and tied a single-season record with her 20th double of the season.
The Bears were limited to five hits in the victory, and left seven runners on base. Stephanie Holiday (12-8) suffered the loss for Lindenwood-Belleville allowing four hits and one earned run.
Washington U. 4, Lindenwood-Belleville 3 – Game Two
Lindenwood-Belleville (32-24) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth off WU sophomore starting pitcher Kelsey Neal. The Lynx scored three runs on three hits in the inning, and took advantage of a pair of errors by Washington U. The Bears scored an unearned run in the fifth to trim the lead to 3-1 after Janssen scored following a two-out error by the Lynx.
Washington U. put together a one-out rally in the bottom of the seventh. Janssen started the rally with a walk, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Abramoski grounded out for the second out of the inning pushing Janssen to third. Santos walked and then sophomore Maggie Mullen was intentionally walked for the second time in the game to load the bases. On the final pitch to Mullen, Holiday was called for an illegal pitch allowing Janssen to score.
With runners on first and second with two outs, sophomore Kelsey Neal doubled down the left field line scoring Santos and Mullen as Washington U. swept the final doubleheader of the season. The Bears were limited to five hits for the second-straight game, and left eight runners on base. Washington U. also tied a season-high with four errors.
Neal (10-5) picked up the win allowing four hits and three hits (two earned) in six innings pitched. Cook tossed one scoreless inning allowing one hit as she dropped her earned run average to 1.71. Holiday (12-9) suffered the loss in game allowing one hit and two earned runs in 1/3 innings pitched.
Bear Notebook: Abramoski and Santos each played in their 168th and 169th game, tied for third most in school history … The come-from behind victory in game two was the first since 2010 when trailing after six innings of play … Janssen reached base six of seven plate appearances to up her team-best on-base percentage to .476 … Lindenwood-Belleville is completing its inaugural season under first-year head coach Charlie Kennedy … The Lynx are ranked No. 2 in the USCAA Coaches Poll.