March 28, 2014

Bats Come Alive in Game Two as No. 23 Washington U. Softball Gains Split at Simpson

Indianola, Iowa, March 28, 2014 – The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team overcame a five-run deficit by scoring nine runs in its final at-bat in game two as the Bears managed a split at Simpson College Friday afternoon in Indianola, Iowa. Washington U. suffered a 3-2 loss in game one, and then rallied for an 11-7 win in the second game.

Simpson 3, #23 Washington U. 2 – Game One
Simpson jumped ahead 2-0 early in the contest with a run in each of the first two innings, but Washington U. answered back in the top of the fourth after a two-run home run by junior Sydney Caldwell to center. The home run for Caldwell was her second of the season and fourth of her career.

A leadoff home run in the fifth by leadoff hitter Tori Heg pushed the advantage to 3-2. The eventual game-winning home run by Heg was her second round tripper of the season.

Sophomore Annie Pitkin (7-6) suffered the loss allowing three hits and three earned runs in five innings pitched. Sophomore Amanda Kalupatossed the sixth inning allowing one hit. Junior Alyssa Wilson was 2-for-3 in the loss for Washington U., who was limited to six hits in the defeat.

#23 Washington U. 11, Simpson 7 – Game Two
Trailing 7-2 in the top of the seventh, Washington U.'s bat finally came alive in its final at-bat. Kalupa got things started with a pinch-hit single up the middle, and then with one out junior Paige Biles singled to left.

Senior Kelsey Neal doubled to left driving in a run to trim the advantage to 7-3, and then after a walk by graduate student Stacy Berg to load the bases, Caldwell single up the middle to make it 7-4. Freshman Hannah Mehrle laced a single up the middle scoring two to trim the lead to 7-6, and then senior Maggie Ingell doubled home two more runs to give the Bears a one-run lead at 8-7.

Washington U. was not finished in the seventh, as Wilson followed with an RBI single and then Neal drove in two more runs with a single to right to make it 11-7. Neal was 2-for-2 with a single, double and three RBIs in the seventh inning.

Kalupa (3-0) picked up the win in relief tossing 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout. Pitkin pitched the seventh and allowed one hit with one strikeout. Washington U. had 15 hits in the win.

The Storm jumped in front for the second-straight game after a two-run home run by Hillary Harmon with two outs in the bottom of the first. Both runs were unearned off Neal after the leadoff runner reached on an error.

Simpson (12-8) added another run in the bottom of the third after an RBI single by Emma Negrete to push the lead to 3-0. Washington U. answered back with a pair of RBI singles by Neal and Berg in the top of the third to make it a one-run game.

The Storm got both of those runs back in the fourth after back-to-back RBI singles by Ashley Prettyman and Emma Negrete to make it 5-2. Neal (4-3) allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings pitched and got the no-decision. Sophomore Brooke Hofer took over in the fourth and pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing two hits and two earned runs.

Neal was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, while Wilson was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Berg (2-for-3, RBI, run scored) and Caldwell (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) also had multi-hit games for Washington U.

Washington U. (15-8) continues its four-game road trip in Iowa with a pair of games Saturday, March 29 against the College of St. Scholastica at 11 a.m. and No. 12-ranked Central College at 1 p.m. Both games will be played in Pella, Iowa.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: White has hit safely in all 23 games this season and 24 straight dating back to last season … Washington U. is 2-9 this season when the opponent scores first … Five of the Bears' eight losses are by one run … Wilson was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader … Ingell's two RBIs in game two upped her career total to 131, tied for third most in school history.