Softball Gets Past No. 14 Augustana, Edged by No. 6 Illinois Wesleyan

Softball Gets Past No. 14 Augustana, Edged by No. 6 Illinois Wesleyan

St. Louis, Mo., March 22, 2015 – The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team split a pair of games against ranked teams Sunday at the Mizuno Invitational.

Junior pitcher Annie Pitkin tossed her 10th complete game of the season in a 3-1 win over No. 14-ranked Augustana College in the opener, while the Bears were then edged by No. 6-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University in game two.

#18 WashU 3, #14 Augustana (Ill.) 1
Pitkin allowed three hits and one unearned run with nine strikeouts in the win against Augustana. She retired the first 12 batters of the game with five strikeouts, and had the no-hitter broken up on a leadoff hit by Kassi Anderson in the fifth inning.

An RBI single up the middle by sophomore Janet Taylor gave WashU the 1-0 lead in the first. The RBI for Taylor was her 30th of the season. In the second, the Bears pushed across a pair of runs after RBI singles by senior Paige Biles and senior Alyssa Wilson to make it 3-0.

Augustana (12-2) pushed across an unearned run in the fifth after Emily Rasche led off the inning with a single and then came around to score on a passed ball.

Taylor was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Hofer (2-for-3, run scored) and Biles (2-for-2, RBI, run scored) also had multi-hit games for Washington U. The Bears had eight hits in the win.

#6 Illinois Wesleyan 6, #18 WashU 5
Illinois Wesleyan (12-1) jumped out in front in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs off WashU freshman starter Mackenzie Gauden after a two-run single to left by Sam Gudat.

WashU registered just one hit of IWU starter Chloe Montgomery through the first three innings, but scored three runs on three hits in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Bears loaded the bases with one out for sophomore Hannah Mehrle, who laced a single up the middle to drive in the first two runs. Hofer followed with an RBI single to drive in Taylor to make it 3-2.

In the fifth, Biles led off the inning with a single and then came around to score after a two-run homerun by freshman Anna McKee. The homerun for McKee was the first of her career 

Washington U. led 5-2 heading into the sixth when Illinois Wesleyan mounted its comeback. Katie Caufield drove in a pair of runs with one single off Gauden out to trim the lead to 5-4. Pitkin replaced Gauden on the mound, and was greeted by an RBI single to left by Kiley McKeown to tie the game and then Sam Gudat singled up the middle to make it 6-5.

Mehrle finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs as Washington U. had seven hits and three errors in the loss. Gauden allowed six hits and five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while Pitkin (12-4) took the loss allowing four hits and one earned run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Washington U. (18-6) continues a 10-game home stretch with a doubleheader against NAIA Missouri Baptist University Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears are 5-3 against ranked teams this season … Mehrle had her 14-game hitting streak snapped against Augustana … White moved into a tie for ninth place in school history in runs scored (110) … Biles leads the team with 12 multi-hit games … Taylor has hit safely in 11-straight games, while Biles has reached base in 17-straight … Pitkin has a 9-3 record with two saves and a 1.42 earned run average in 79 innings pitched in the month of March.