Decatur, Ga., March 8, 2015 – Senior Adrienne White hit a pair of homeruns, including a two-out grand slam with two outs in the seventh of game two, to lead the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a pair of wins Sunday at the Lauren Giddings Classic held at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.
White went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs in a 3-0 win over Adrian College in game one, and was 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the Bears' 5-4 come-from-behind win over Agnes Scott in game two. White drove in six runs on the day, moving her into eighth place in school history with 96, and is hitting .526 (10-for-19) with three homeruns and 12 RBIs during the Bears' six-game win streak.
Washington U. 3, Adrian 0
Junior pitcher Annie Pitkin (5-1) tossed her second-straight complete game allowing three hits with 10 strikeouts in the game one victory. Pitkin did not allow a runner past second base, and gave up three singles to second baseman Kaitlyn Hinojosa. Pitkin has not allowed a run in the past 28 innings, and lowered her earned run average to 0.82 with 46 strikeouts and just two walks.
After a scoreless first two innings, senior Paige Biles got things going in the third with a leadoff single to center. She stole second for her UAA-leading 10th steal of the year, and then came around to score on a two-run homerun by White. Sophomore Hannah Mehrle followed with a double to center, and then sophomore Janet Taylor singled to right to make it 3-0. The RBI for Taylor was her UAA-leading 16th of the year.
Washington U. had six hits in the win, but committed a season-high two errors.
Washington U. 5, Agnes Scott 4
The Bears started slow against in game two and fell behind 4-0 through four innings of play. Freshman Maggie Clapp made the start on the mound and allowed four earned runs in four innings pitched. Washington U. got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning when Taylor drove in sophomore Kenzie James.
Freshman Mackenzie Gauden slowed down Agnes Scott for two innings and kept it a three-run run heading into the seventh. Freshman Melinique Walls singled to lead off the last at-bat for the Bears, and was pinch ran by junior Laura Worthen. With one out, senior Alyssa Wilson reached on an infield single moving Worthen to third. Biles reached on an infield single, and then after sophomore Kenzie James popped up, White launched a grand slam to give the Bears a 5-4 lead.
Pitkin relieved Gauden and struck out the side in the seventh for her first save of the season and sixth of her career, most in school history. Gauden (1-0) picked up the win allowing one hit with five strikeouts in two innings pitched.
Walls was 2-for-3 with an RBI in her first-career start as Washington U. had nine hits in the victory.
Washington U. (8-2) has won six-straight games and has a day off Monday before opening play at the 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Tournament Tuesday in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Bears take on Case Western Reserve University at 10 a.m. (ET) and No. 9-ranked University of Rochester at 1 p.m.