Macon, Ga., March 8, 2014 – The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team continued its offensive surge with a pair of short game victories at Wesleyan College (Ga.) Saturday afternoon in Macon, Ga.
Washington University (7-0) posted a 17-0 win in five innings in the opener, and followed with an 18-0 win in five innings in the nightcap. The Bears had 41 hits in the two-game sweep and committed just one error.
Washington U. 17, Wesleyan 0 (five innings) – Game One
The Bears had 20 hits in the opener, highlighted by senior Kelsey Neal's 4-for-5 performance with a career-high six RBIs. Washington U. got things going in the top of the first inning with three runs as senior Maggie Ingell drove in a run with an RBI single and Neal added a two-RBI single. Neal pushed the lead to 4-0 with an RBI single in the top of the second.
The Bears busted the game open with five runs on seven hits in the top of the fourth to make it 9-0. Junior Adrienne White, sophomore Brooke Hofer, freshman Janet Taylor and sophomore Amanda Kalupa had RBIs in the inning. Washington U. added eight runs on eight hits in the fifth to round out the scoring.
Sophomore Annie Pitkin (3-0) retired the first nine batters of the game en route to a one-hitter. She struck out seven and walked one to lower her earned run average to 0.74 in a team-high 19 innings pitched. Hofer (3-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored) and Ingell (3-for-3, two RBIs, two runs scored) had three hits each, while Taylor came of the bench to go 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Washington U. 18, Wesleyan 0 (five innings) – Game Two
White was the story in game two for the Bears as she went 3-for-4 and equaled Neal's game one performance with a career-high six RBIs. Junior Paige Biles also had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a career-best three RBIs and two runs scored.
Washington U. set the tone in its first at-bat in game two scoring eight runs on seven hits and took advantage of two Wesleyan errors. After Biles and freshman Kenzie James reached on hits to start the game, White cleared the bases with a double to make it 2-0. Neal drove in her seventh run of the day with a single to make it 3-0, and then Hofer had an RBI single and Biles added a two-RBI single. White drove in her third run of the inning on a fielders choice to make it 8-0.
An RBI single by graduate student Stacy Berg in the second made it a nine-run game, and then Washington. U. poured it on with six runs on seven hits in the third. Taylor had a two-RBI triple in the third inning for the Bears.
Neal (1-0) picked up the win allowing two hits in four innings, while Kalupa pitched a perfect fifth.
Washington University opens play in the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship with a pair of games on Tuesday, March 11 against No. 9 Emory University (17-0) at 10 a.m. (ET) and Brandeis University (4-0) at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears have started 7-0 for the second-straight season and sixth time in school history … Washington U. has outscored its opponents 81-7 in the first seven games and hitting .470 as a team … The Bears have short gamed six of seven opponents this season … Ingell moved into a tie for third place in school history in runs scored (124), and is five shy of the school record … She also had four hits on the day to move into fifth in school history (176).