April 12, 2014

No. 25 Softball Drops Pair of Games to UW-Eau Claire and No. 19 Illinois Wesleyan

Bloomington, Ill. April 12, 2014 – The No. 25-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team suffered a pair of losses Saturday at the Illinois Wesleyan University Tournament in Bloomington, Ill.

The Bears were limited to three hits in an 8-0 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in game one, and then Illinois Wesleyan scored seven unanswered runs in an 8-3 victory over Washington U. in the nightcap.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire 8, #25 Washington U. 0 (Six Innings)
The Blugolds hit four home runs in the game one victory over Washington U. in the opening game of the tournament for both teams. Taylor Pierce connected on a two-run home run in the first off WUSTL sophomore starter Annie Pitkin to make it 2-0.

The Blugolds added three runs in the fifth on homeruns by Amanda Fishers and Casey Arnold to push the advantage to 5-0. Fisher launched a towering two-run home run in the sixth to make it 7-0.

Pitkin suffered the loss on the mound allowing five hits and two earned runs in four innings pitched. Senior Kelsey Neal (one innings, three hits, four earned runs) and sophomore Amanda Kalupa (2/3 innings, two hits, one earned run) also saw time on the mound. Washington U. had three doubles in the loss.

#19 Illinois Wesleyan 8, #25 Washington U. 3
Trailing 1-0 after an inning of play, the Bears scored two runs on three hits in the bottom of the second to take the 2-1 lead. Junior Sydney Caldwell drove in the first run of the game with a pinch-hit RBI single to right, and then senior Maggie Ingell walked with the bases loaded.

Washington U. added another run in third after Neal led off the inning with a double and then came around to score on an RBI single by freshman Hannah Mehrle. The Bears left eight runners on base in the first three innings of play.

Illinois Wesleyan (20-5) scored three runs on four hits off Pitkin in the top of the fifth inning to take the 4-3 lead. Allie Riordan had the big hit of the inning for the Titans, a two-out two-RBI single to right. The Titans put the game out of reach with four runs in the sixth to make it 8-3.

Pitkin (10-9) suffered the loss for the second-straight game allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Neal was roughed up for four runs (three earned) in 2/3 innings pitched, while Kalupa tossed 1 2/3 perfect innings.

Washington U. had seven hits and drew eight walks in the loss, and also left 13 runners on base. Hofer was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while graduate student Stacy Berg was 0-for-1 with three walks, one shy of the school record.

Washington U. (19-12) concludes play in the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament with a pair of games Sunday against Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 9 a.m. and No. 21 Anderson University at 1 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: Ingell appeared in the 161st game of her career, tied for eighth most in school history … Ingell also had two hits Saturday and is two shy of 200 for her career.