St. Louis, Mo., March 26, 2014 – Sophomore pitchers Annie Pitkin and Brooke Hofer combined to toss a three-hitter in game two as the No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team managed a split with DePauw University Wednesday afternoon at the WU Softball Field.
Washington U. had eight hits but managed just one run in a 4-1 loss in game one, and then rode the backs of Pitkin and Hofer in game two for a 5-1 victory.
DePauw 4, #23 Washington U. 1 – Game One
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Washington U. put together a string of hits to push across a run. Senior Maggie Ingell led off the inning with a double to left, and then moved to third after a sacrifice bunt by freshman Hannah Mehrle. Graduate student Stacy Berg swung at the next pitch and ripped a double to left center to make it 2-1.
DePauw (8-8) answered right back in the top of the fifth win two runs after back-to-back home runs by Sammi Bell and Taylor Golden off senior pitcher Kelsey Neal to push the Tigers lead to 4-1. DePauw entered the game with just three home runs in 14 games.
Neal (4-2) picked up the loss allowing six hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Sophomore Amanda Kalupa tossed the final 2 2/3 innings allowing three hits. Freshman Kenzie James (2-for-3) and Neal (2-for-3) had multi-hit games in the loss.
#23 Washington U. 5, DePauw 1 – Game Two
The Bears broke the scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the third inning after junior Paige Biles drove in Ingell with an RBI triple after DePauw had the shift on with five infielders. Neal added a towering solo home run in the fourth to push the advantage to 2-0. The home run for Neal was her fourth of the season and 21st of her career.
Pitkin was in control from the start, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning until a bloop single by Jen Ridge that was just out of the reach by junior shortstop Alyssa Wilson. Ridge would come around to score the first run of the game for DePauw after a throwing error by Berg.
With the Bears holding onto a one-run lead, Washington U. broke open the game scoring three runs on three hits in the sixth. White extended her hitting streak to 22 games with a leadoff single up the middle, and then Neal followed with a single to right. They both advanced a base on a passed ball, and then White came around to score on a ground out by Mehrle.
Freshman pinch runner Halle Steinberg scored on a throwing error by the catcher, and then Berg drove in her second run of the day with a double to left to push the lead to 5-1.
Pitkin (7-5) allowed two hits and one unearned run in five innings pitched and notched the 20th victory of her career. Hofer picked up her second career save tossing two innings allowing one hit. Neal was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game two victory.
Washington U. (14-7) opens a six-game road trip with a doubleheader on Friday, March 28, at Simpson College. Game one is set for 4 p.m. in Indianola, Iowa.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: White has hit safely in all 21 games this season and 22 straight dating back to last season … Washington U. is 13-0 when scoring first … Ingell had a pair of walks in game two to increase her career total to 51, fifth most in school history.