St. Louis, Mo., April 11, 2014 – The No. 25-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team improved its overall record to 19-10 with a pair of walk-off wins against Westminster College Friday afternoon at the WU Softball Field.
Junior Alyssa Wilson drove in the game-winning run with a bases loaded single as the Bears posted a 5-4 win in game one, and then junior Adrienne White singled to center with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth in game two to give Washington U. a 6-5 win in the nightcap.
#25 Washington U. 5, Westminster 4 – Game One
The Bears jumped in front in their first at-bat scoring a run on two hits and taking advantage of a costly throwing error by Westminster. Freshman Kenzie James and senior Kelsey Neal singled with one out, and then James came around to score on a sacrifice fly by senior Maggie Ingell.
Washington U. added another run in the bottom of the third after White reached on a single, stole second, and then came around to score on a groundout by Neal.
Westminster's Alyssa Johnson launched a three-run home run over the fence in center in the top of the fourth to give the Bluejays their first lead of the game at 3-2. The Bears answered back with a run to tie the score in the fourth after freshman pinch-hitter Hannah Mehrle drove in a run after reaching on an error by the shortstop.
Ingell drove in her second run of the game in the fifth with an RBI single to right to push the lead to 4-3. The RBI for Ingell was the 136th of her career, third most in school history. Westminster scored a run off sophomore Brooke Hofer in the seventh to tie the game after a single to left by leadoff hitter Bree Peterson.
James (2-for-4, run) and Neal (2-for-3, walk, run scored, RBI) each had multiple hit games for Washington U., who had 10 hits in the win. Pitkin picked up the win pitching 5 2/3 innings allowing five hits and three runs (two earned). She also struck out 10 batters in the win. Hofer pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing three hits and an earned run.
#25 Washington U. 6, Westminster 5 (Nine Innings) – Game Two
The Bears scored first for the second-straight game scoring three runs on three hits in the first. White led off with a walk, and then James followed with a single. Neal drove in the first run with a single to left, and then James scored after Westminster pitcher Alyson Hahn had her back turned to the play and was not in the circle. Graduate student Stacy Berg made it 3-0 with double to deep left.
Westminster (9-15) scored a run off Neal in the top of the second, but White answered back with a towering home run to left to make it 4-1 after two innings. The home run for White was her third of the season and sixth of her career.
The Bluejays answered with three runs with two outs in the fifth to tie the score at 4-4. Washington U. got the first two outs of the inning, but after an error by the Bears, Westminster followed with five-straight base runners on four base hits. In the sixth, Pitkin got out off a bases loaded jam by getting a pop up and a strikeout. The Bluejays left three runners on base in the third, fifth and sixth inning, and 15 for the game.
The teams traded a pair runs in the eighth to make it 5-5, but Pitkin slammed the door in the ninth with the possible winning run at third. In the bottom of the ninth, freshman Hannah Mehrle was placed on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule, and then moved to third on a sacrifice by Wilson. Hofer and freshman Halle Steinberg walked to load the bases to set up the game-winning hit by White.
James (2-for-4, two run scored, stolen base), Mehrle (2-for-4, two stolen bases, run scored), and White (2-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored, stolen base, walk) each had multiple-hit games for the Bears. Washington U. had 10 hits in the game-two win and stole five bases. Pitkin (10-7) picked up the win tossing four innings in relief allowing two hits and an unearned run. Neal made the start lasting 4 2/3 innings allowing four hits and four runs (one earned).
Washington U. (19-10) heads north to Bloomington, Ill., to play four games at Illinois Wesleyan University Tournament Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13. The Bears take on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 1 p.m. and No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan University at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Washington U. is 16-0 when the Bears score first ... The Bears have recorded double figure-hit totals in 17 of 29 games played ... Ingell moved into third in school history in RBIs with 137, while Neal is fourth with 133.