Ingell’s Six-Hit Performance Leads Softball to Sweep of Millikin

St. Louis, Mo., April 18, 2014 – Senior outfielder Maggie Ingell went 6-for-6 at the plate with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Millikin University Friday at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis.

Graduate student Stacy Berg had a walk-off RBI groundout in the seventh in a 5-4 win in game one, and then Washington U. recorded 13 hits in the 12-5 victory in game two.

Washington U. 5, Millikin 4 – Game One
Sophomore Annie Pitkin (13-9) struck out nine and allowed one hit in 6 1/3 innings pitched in the game-one victory. Washington U. had 12 hits in the win, including four extra-base hits.

The Bears scored in the first inning after Ingell laced a single up the middle that scored freshman Kenzie James for the first run of the game. Washington U. had a pair of hits in the opening inning and took advantage of a Millikin error.

Pitkin was in control pitching with the one-lead, but an RBI double off the wall by Ingell in the fifth made it 2-0. Senior Kelsey Neal followed with a two-run home run to left to push the advantage to 4-0. The home run for Neal was her fifth of the season and 22nd of her career.

Sophomore Amanda Kalupa relieved Pitkin in the top of the sixth and quickly gave up two runs on two hits in a 1/3 off an inning to cut the lead in half. Neal relieved Kalupa and gave up three-straight doubles to left center to tie the game at 4-4. Pitkin reentered the game and struck out pinch-hitter Kirsten Iversen with a runner at third to end the inning.

Freshman Hannah Mehrle led of the bottom of the seventh inning with a double to left center, and then moved to third on a single to center by Ingell. Berg ended the game with a groundout to short scoring Mehrle.

Ingell was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while James was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Neal (2-for-4, two RBIs, run scored) and Berg (2-for-4, RBI) also had multi-hit games for the Bears.

Washington U. 12, Millikin 5 – Game Two
The Bears sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning in game two and scored six runs on five hits. Washington U. also stole five bases in the opening inning. Ingell drove in the first run of the game with single, and then Mehrle made it 3-0 with a two-RBI double off the right field wall. Junior Brooke Hofer added an RBI groundout in the six-run inning.

Pitching in her ninth inning of the day, Pitkin got in some trouble in the top of the third giving up four runs on hits to trim the lead to 6-4. The Big Blue added another run in the fourth off Kalupa to trim the advantage to 6-5.

It was Berg's at-bat in the fourth that pushed across two more runs after her hard hit ground ball with two outs went through the legs of Millikin of second baseman Marissa Padilla. In the fifth, Wilson ripped a two-run single down the right field line and then scored on a towering two-run home run by Ingell. The home run for Ingell was the 27th of her career, second most in school history.

Neal (6-3) picked up the win in relief in game two tossing four innings allowing four hits. Pitkin lasted just three innings in game two allowing five hits and four earned runs.

Ingell was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, while junior Sydney Caldwell tied a career-high with three hits. James and Wilson also had multi-hit games for Washington U., who tied a school record with seven stolen bases.

Washington U. (24-13) hosts a doubleheader with Monmouth College Saturday, April 18, at Noon. Prior to the contest, the Bears will honor its four seniors: Stacy Berg, Claire Henkel and Maggie Ingell and Kelsey Neal.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: Washington U. is 20-0 when scoring first this season … Ingell reached base in all eight-plate appearances Friday and raised her batting average from .422 to .452 … Ingell moved past Jamie Kressel (2004-07) into second in school history in RBIs with 144.