St. Louis, Mo., March 29, 2015 – The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team split a doubleheader with Fontbonne University Sunday afternoon at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis. WashU scored three runs in the sixth to rally for a 6-4 win in game one, and then suffered a 6-1 loss in the second game.
Washington U. dropped to 21-7 with the split, while Fontbonne is 9-9.
#18 WashU 6, Fontbonne 4 – Game One
The Bears had eight hits in the game one victory, and took advantage of four errors by Fontbonne. Senior Sydney Caldwell was 2-for-3 with a run scored and drove in the tying run with an infield single with two outs in the sixth.
Danni Glixman homered to left in the top of the first with two outs to give Fontbonne the early 1-0 lead. The lead for the Griffins was short lived as WashU answered back with three runs and two hits, and took advantage of three errors. Sophomore Janet Taylor reached on an error to drive in the first run, and then freshman Anne McKee just missed a homerun with a two-RBI double off the top of the left field fence.
Fontbonne answered back with three runs on four hits and took advantage of a wind blown RBI triple by Emily Smith to get the lead back at 4-3 in the third. Pitkin allowed four earned runs and five hits in the first three innings of play. The Bears loaded the bases in the bottom of the third with two outs, but freshman pinch-hitter Melinique Walls popped up to short.
With Pitkin in control on the mound, the Bears took the lead for third-straight game in the sixth inning. Caldwell's RBI single tied the contest, and then freshman pinch-hitter Hera Tang swung at the first pitch in the ensuing at-bat and drove it up the middle scoring Caldwell to make it 5-4. A fourth error by Fontbonne loaded the bases, and then a walk by Taylor pushed the lead to 6-4.
Pitkin (14-4) tossed her 12th complete game of the season allowing five hits and four earned runs. She struck out six and retired the final 13 batters of the game.
Fontbonne 6, #18 WashU 1 – Game Two
Fontbonne jumped in front for the second-consecutive game with a run in each of the first three innings. Freshman Samantha Brown connected on the first homerun of her career in the second inning off WashU freshman starter Mackenzie Gauden.
The Griffins added three runs in the fifth inning off freshman relief pitcher Maggie Clapp to extend its lead to 6-0. WashU scored its lone run in the game in the bottom of the fifth on a pinch-hit RBI single to left by Tang.
Gauden (3-1) took the loss allowing three hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched, while Clapp gave up five hits and three earned runs in 21/3 innings of relief. McKee was exceptional in her first appearance since March 11 tossing 2 1/3 innings allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.
Biles and McKee were each 2-for-3 in the loss as Washington U. had eight hits.
Washington U. closes out a 10-game home stretch with a doubleheader against Greenville College, Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the series with Fontbonne, 25-12, and the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak to the Griffins with the win in game one … Head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté picked up career win No. 325.