Hannah Mehrle Has Career Day at Plate as Softball Splits Doubleheader at Greenville
Greenville, Ill., April 16, 2014 – Freshman Hannah Mehrle went 6-for-7 at the plate and scored three runs as the Washington University in St. Louis softball team split a doubleheader at Greenville College Wednesday afternoon in Greenville, Ill.
After winning game one of the doubleheader at Greenville College 10-0 in five innings, the offense went silent in game two with six hits as the Bears suffered a 5-1 loss. Washington U. drops to 22-13 with the split, while Greenville has a 19-12 record.
Washington U. 10, Greenville 0 (Five Innings) – Game One
Sophomore pitcher Annie Pitkin (12-9) was in control from start to finish in game one allowing two hits in four innings pitched with eight strikeouts. Pitkin did not allow a runner to reach past second base the entire game.
The Bears scored three runs on three hits in its first at-bat to jump in from 3-0 after a half inning of play. Senior Maggie Ingell drove in the first run of the game with a single up the middle, and then a two-RBI double to left by sophomore Brooke Hofer made it a three-run advantage.
An RBI single by junior Alyssa Wilson in the second inning made it 4-0, and then the Bears added two runs in the third to make it 6-0. Freshman Janet Taylor had a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning for the Bears. Washington U. put the game out of reach by scoring four runs on five hits in the fourth.
Ingell (3-for-4, RBI, three runs scored) and Mehrle (3-for-4, three runs scored) led the offensive attack for Washington U., who had 15 hits in the victory. Hofer was 2-for-3 and tied a season-high with three RBIs.
Greenville 5, Washington U. 1 – Game Two
The Panthers scored first in game two after a leadoff homerun by Bryn McKie in the bottom of the first inning. The game remained tied until the fourth when Mehrle singled up the middle to score Ingell, who reached on a throwing error to start the inning.
Greenville answered right back in the bottom of the fourth with three runs on three hits off Neal to make it 4-1. Jessica Laubecher had the big hit of the inning for the Panthers, a single to left that drove in two runs.
Washington U. got a pair of singles from juniors Sydney Caldwell and Paige Biles to leadoff the fifth inning, but Greenville pitcher Becca Oldham sat down the top of the order 1-2-3 to get out of the jam. The Panthers added another run in the fifth to push the lead to 5-1.
That would be enough for Oldham (6-1), who tossed a complete game for Greenville allowing six hits and unearned run. Neal (5-3) took the loss on the mound for Washington U. allowing six hits and five runs (four earned) in four innings pitched. Mehrle was 3-for-3 and drove in the lone run while extending her hitting streak to six games.
Washington U. opens a six-game home stand Friday, April 18, with a doubleheader against Millikin University. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears are 18-0 when scoring first and 4-13 when the opponent scores first … Mehrle raised her batting average from .319 to .389 on Wednesday … The first set of NCAA Regional Rankings will be announced Thursday … Ingell is 17 hits shy of tying Liz Swary (2002-05) for the all-time school record.