St. Louis, Mo., March 21, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had four student-athletes named to the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship All-Tournament Team, as announced by the Association Friday.
Senior outfielder Maggie Ingell, freshman outfielder Kenzie James, senior pitcher/designated player Kelsey Neal and sophomore pitcher Annie Pitkin were named to the 11-person team.
Ashley Parello of Case Western Reserve University was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Parello hit .407 (14-for-27) with two doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs in the eight games.
Washington U. won its last three games in the UAA Championship to finish in a three-way tie with Case Western Reserve and Emory University with a 5-3 record. The UAA title for Washington U. is its eighth in school history, and first since 2009.
Ingell, who earned the honor for the fourth-straight year, hit a tournament-best .462 (12-for-26) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. She was third in total bases (21) and hit safely in six of eight games played. Ingell went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs in a 9-4 win over Brandeis University March 14, and was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and two RBIs in a 7-3 win over the University of Rochester March 15.
James led the tournament in stolen bases (four) and was fifth with a .423 (11-for-26) batting average. She went 4-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in a 7-2 win over No. 9 Emory March 11, and followed that up with a 4-for-5 performance with a stolen base in a 2-0 11-inning loss to Brandeis in the second game of the day. James was 8-for-9 on the opening day of the tournament.
Neal, a repeat selection from a year ago, hit .286 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs at the UAA Championship Tournament. She also posted a 2-1 record with a 1.24 earned run average in 22 2/3 innings pitched. Neal went 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run and two RBIs in a 7-5 win over Case Western Reserve March 14. She picked up a pair of wins on the mound against Rochester (2-1, seven innings, one earned run) on March 13 and Brandeis (9-4, five innings, three earned runs) on March 14. Neal also tossed 10 2/3 innings allowing two unearned runs in a 2-0 11-inning loss to Brandeis March 11.
Pitkin posted a 3-2 record on the mound with a 1.89 ERA in 33 1/3 innings pitched. Her top performance came in a 7-2 win over No. 9 Emory March 11, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. Pitkin also posted wins over Case (7-5, seven innings, one earned run) March 14 and Rochester (7-3, 6 1/3 innings, three earned runs) on March 15.