No. 17 Washington U. Softball Offense Stalls in 2-1 Loss to Case

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Altamonte Springs, Fla. March 12, 2014 – The No. 17-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team recorded 10 hits but could only muster one run in a 2-1 loss to Case Western Reserve University at the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Wednesday afternoon in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Washington U. has recorded double-figure hits in all 10 games this season but has scored just one run in the last two games. The run for the Bears in the sixth inning snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak.

The game was tied through four innings as the teams struggled with winds that gusted over 30 miles per hour. Sophomore pitcher Annie Pitkin had a no-hitter through the first 4 1/3 innings before Rebecca Taylor singled through the left side.

After Pitkin hit the No. 9 hitter Kristen Klemmer to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Molly O'Brien singled through the left side to drive in two runs to make it 2-0.

Washington U. answered back with a run in the top of the sixth after a pinch-RBI single up the middle by sophomore Brooke Hofer. The Bears managed to get a runner on first base with two outs in the seventh, but Rebecca Taylor got senior Maggie Ingell to pop up to short to end the game.

Pitkin (4-1) suffered her first loss of the season allowing three hits and two earned runs in six innings. Annie Wennerberg (4-0) picked up the win for Case allowing nine hits and one earned run in six innings pitched, while Taylor pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

Ingell (2-for-4) and graduate student Stacy Berg (2-for-3) each had a pair of hits in the loss for Washington U., who left nine runners on base.

Washington University (8-2, 1-2 UAA) continues play at the UAA Championship with a pair of games Thursday, March 13, against University of Rochester at 10 a.m. (ET) and No. 9 Emory University at 12:30 p.m. (ET).

BEAR NOTEBOOK: The start of the game was delayed 5.5 hours due to rain in Orlando area … Ingell moved into a tie for second place in school history in runs scored (125) … The Bears are two games behind first-place Case (3-0 UAA) with five conference games remaining ... The Bears lead the UAA in pitching (0.58 ERA) and fielding (.971) ... Freshman Kenzie James leads the five-team field in hitting with a .692 (9-13) batting average.