Janet Taylor Leads No. 21 Softball to Split in Memphis

Janet Taylor Leads No. 21 Softball to Split in Memphis

Memphis, Tenn., February 8, 2015 – Sophomore Janet Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and seven RBIs as the No. 21-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team posted a split on the final day of the Rhodes College Classic Sunday in Memphis.

Taylor was 2-for-2 with a double and a career-high four RBIs in a 12-0 win in five innings over Maryville College (Tenn.) in game one, and then was 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs in a 4-3 five-inning loss to Rhodes. Taylor batted .857 (6-for-7) with two doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs in the four games at the Rhodes Classic.

#21 Washington U. 12, Maryville (Tenn.) 0 – Five Innings
Washington U. recorded 10 hits and scored a season-high 12 run in the game one victory. Senior Paige Biles went 2-for-3 and tied a school record with four runs scored and three stolen bases in the win. Junior Annie Pitkin (1-1) picked up the victory allowing one hit in 3 2/3 innings pitched, while freshman Mackenzie Gauden tossed 1 1/3 innings and did not allow a hit. Pitkin's win was the 31st of her career, tied for sixth most in school history.

The Bears quickly built seven-run lead against Maryville in two innings. Washington U. scored three runs on three hits in the first inning, highlighted by a sac fly out by Taylor and an RBI single up the middle by junior Brooke Hofer. The Bears added four runs in the second inning on seven hits to make it 7-0. Senior Adrienne White, sophomore Hannah Mehrle, Taylor and Hofer had RBIs in the inning for Washington U.

In the third, senior Paige Biles walked with one out and then stole second and third. She came around to score on an RBI by sophomore Kenzie James.  After back-to-back errors by Maryville, Taylor cleared the bases with a two-run double to center to make it 11-0. Freshman Hera Tang rounded out the scoring with an RBI single to center in the fourth, the first hit of her career.

Hofer was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while James was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Maryville (1-3) made six errors in the loss.

Rhodes 4, #21 Washington U. 3 – Five Innings
Freshman Anna McKee allowed four hits and two runs as the Bears fell behind 2-0 after an inning. McKee walked a pair of batters to start the third, and then allowed an RBI single to make it 3-0. McKee was replaced by freshman Maggie Clapp, who gave up an RBI single to push the advantage to 4-0. Clapp got out of a jam with a double play to keep it a four-run game.

Trailing by four runs, Washington U. mounted its comeback in the fourth. Biles singled to lead off the inning, and then White walked to push Biles to second. With two outs, Taylor connected on a three-run homerun to center to trim the lead to 4-3. The round tripper was Taylor's first of the season and second of her career.

Rhodes threated in the bottom of the fifth after the first two runners reached. With runners at second and third and no one out, McKee got three-straight outs to keep it a one-run game. The game was called after five innings due to darkness.

McKee (0-1) took the loss allowing five hits and four earned runs in her first career start. Clapp pitched three innings in relief allowing just hits. Washington U. was limited to a season-low two hits in the loss.

Washington U. (2-2) has three weeks off before returning to the action Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1, at the Warrior Spring Fling in Conway, Ark. The Bears take on Austin College at Noon and host Hendrix College at 2 p.m. Saturday.