No. 23 Washington U. Softball Defeats St. Scholastica 9-5, Fall to No. 12 Central 3-2
Indianola, Iowa, March 29, 2014 – The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team defeated St. Scholastica College 9-5 in game one and dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 12 Central College (Iowa) in the second game at the Central-Simpson Tournament Saturday afternoon in Pella, Iowa.
Senior Kelsey Neal went 4-for-6 with a double, run scored and three RBIs in the two games Saturday, and raised her average to .379. For the weekend, Neal hit .500 (7-for-14) with two doubles and seven RBIs in the four games in Iowa.
#23 Washington U. 9, St. Scholastica 5
The Bears fell behind for the third-straight game after Neal gave up three runs on four hits in St. Scholastica's first at-bat. Molly Jazdewksi had the big hit of the inning for the Saints – a towering two-out home run to left field.
WUSTL answered right back in the bottom half of the first after Neal singled and then graduate student Stacy Berg hit a two-run home run that landed on the Central College baseball field. The home run for Berg was her of the season and 13th of her career.
After St. Scholastica (6-7) added a run in the third, Washington U. took the lead for good scoring three runs on two hits in the third. Senior Maggie Ingell had an RBI double and sophomore Brooke Hofer drove in a run with a sac fly in the inning. In the fourth, the Bears tacked on two more runs after an RBI double by Neal and a bases loaded walk by junior Sydney Caldwell.
Neal extended the Washington U. lead to 9-4 with a two-RBI single to left in the fifth. Neal finished game one 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while junior Adrienne White was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Washington U. had 10 hits in the win.
#12 Central (Iowa) 3, #23 Washington U. 2
Game two started just like game one as the Bears faced a 3-0 deficit after one inning of play. Pitkin allowed an RBI single to Whitney Sowers and then with two outs Katie Canny singled to drive in two more runs to make it 3-0.
Central sophomore starting pitcher Trisha Smith was in control early on for the Dutch. She retired the first 10 batters before a double to right by junior Alyssa Wilson in the fourth. Neal followed with walk to get the tying run to the plate, but Smith got Berg to strikeout and Caldwell on a flyout to end the threat.
The Bears mounted their comeback in the seventh for the second-straight day after a leadoff single by Neal. Freshman Pinch-runner Halle Steinberg came around to score on an RBI double by Caldwell to make it 3-1 and then Ingell ripped the first pitch from Smith to left to trim the lead to 3-2. Smith got Hofer to fly out to right to end the game.
Pitkin (7-7) suffered the defeat allowing four hits and three earned runs in six innings. Despite the 7-7 record, Pitkin continues the lead the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a .152 opponent batting average. Washington U. had four hits in the loss.
Washington U. (16-9) returns to action Tuesday, April 1, with a doubleheader at Webster University. Game one is set for 5 p.m. in Webster Groves, Mo.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: White's 25-game hitting streak came to an end after going 0-for-3 in the game two loss … The 25-game hitting streak is tied for the 19th longest in Division III history … Washington U. is 3-9 this season when the opponent scores first … The Bears have recorded double figure hit totals in 14 of 25 games played.