No. 12 WashU Softball Sweeps Blackburn on Senior Day

No. 12 WashU Softball Sweeps Blackburn on Senior Day

St. Louis, Mo., April 28, 2015 – The No. 12-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team celebrated Senior Day with a doubleheader sweep of Blackburn College Tuesday afternoon at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis.

Junior Annie Pitkin tossed a one-hit shutout in a 8-0 win in five innings in game one, while the Bears did not give up an earned run in a 5-2 victory in game two. The Bears had 22 hits in the doubleheader sweep.

Prior to the contest, Washington U. recognized its four seniors that played their final home game – Paige Biles, Sydney Caldwell, Adrienne White and Alyssa Wilson. This group compiled an 123-54 (.695) overall record in their four seasons on the Danforth Campus with two NCAA Tournament appearances and two University Athletic Association (UAA) titles (2014, 2015).

#12 WashU 8, Blackburn 0 (Five Innings) – Game One
Pitkin, who played the National Anthem on a flute prior to game one, was nearly unhittable striking out eight as she improved to 20-6. She allowed a single in the second inning to Faydra Sommer before retiring 12 of the last 14 batters.

Sophomore Hannah Mehrle drove in two runs in the first on a single to give WashU the early 2-0 advantage. In the third, junior Brooke Hofer walked with the bases loaded and then sophomore Halle Steinberg ripped a single to left to drive in a run.

Mehrle drove in her third run of the game with a single to left in the fourth to push the lead to 5-0, and the Bears put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth. Biles drove in the first run of the inning with a double to left, and then White singled to right to drive in Biles to end the game.

Mehrle went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Biles was 3-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. White also chipped in with a 2-for-4 performance with an RBI and a run scored.

#12 WashU 5, Blackburn 2 – Game Two
The Bears scored four runs on six-consecutive hits in their first-bat in game two to jump out to a commanding 4-0 lead. Mehrle and sophomore Janet Taylor each had RBI singles in the inning, while Caldwell drove in two with a line shot up the middle.

With the Bears leading 4-2 in the fifth, White drove a pitch from Blackburn starter Mary Chamberlain over the left field fence for a homerun to push the lead to 5-2. The homerun for White was her 11th of the season, tying Jamie Kressel (2005, 2007) for the most in a single season.

Freshman Maggie Clapp made the start and pitched two innings allowing two unearned runs, while classmate Mackenzie Gauden (7-2) picked up the win in relief tossing three scoreless innings. Freshman Anna McKee picked up her second save of the season allowing just one hit in two innings pitched.

Biles (2-for-3), sophomore Kenzie James (2-for-3, run scored), Taylor (2-for-3, RBI, run scored) and White (2-for-3, homerun, RBI, two runs scored) each had multi-hit games for WashU.

Washington U. concludes regular-season play with a 33-11 record, winning eight of its last 10 games. This is the Bears' third-straight 30-win season and 10th in school history. Blackburn ends its season with a 5-31 mark.

The 2015 NCAA Division III Selection Show is set for Monday, May 4, at 9 a.m. The Bears are seeking their 13th NCAA Tournament bid in school history.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Blackburn 23-3 … The 33 wins are the most since 2010 … Biles is up to 65 career steals, three shy of the school record … Biles also increased her single-season hit total to 69, three shy of the school record set by Megan Fieser in 2010 … White moved into third all-time in runs scored (127) and fifth in RBIs (132) ... Pitkin's victory was the 50th of her career.