Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 9, 2016 — The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team were limited to three runs in a pair of losses Wednesday at the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Tournament in Altamonte Springs.
The Bears had their season-opening 10-game win streak snapped with a 6-1 loss to No. 4-ranked Emory University in game one, and then suffered a 4-2 loss to the University of Rochester in the second game.
WashU (10-2, 2-2 UAA) continues play in the UAA Championship Thursday, March 10, against Case Western Reserve University. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. (ET).
#4 Emory 6, #2 WashU 1
Janelle Turnquist broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-homerun to right center off senior Annie Pitkin in game one. Turnquist had struck out in her two previous at-bats against Pitkin.
Pitkin (6-1) suffered her first loss of the season allowing six hits, six runs (five earned) with 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Emory (14-1, 3-0 UAA) broke through first in the bottom of the second after Amy Wray battled through a 10-pitch bat-bat for a homerun to center off Pitkin. The earned run allowed for Pitkin was her first in 34 2/3 innings pitched this season.
Junior Janet Taylor tied the contest on the first pitch of the fourth inning when she laced a homerun over the left center field fence. The homerun for Taylor was her first of the season and fifth of her career.
WashU was limited to five hits in the loss, and stranded seven runners on base. Junior Kenzie James was 2-for-4 with a pair of bunt singles.
Rochester 4, #2 WashU 2
The Bears fell behind for the second-straight game after Gianna Melillo sent a pitch from sophomore Maggie Clapp over the right field fence for a two-run shot in the second. The hit for Melillo was her first of the season after starting 0-for-6. Rochester (3-5, 1-3 UAA) added a run in the third to push the lead to 3-0.
Melillo homered again, this time in the fourth against sophomore MacKenzie Gauden, to make it 4-0.
The Bears answered back with a run in the fourth after sophomore Anna McKee led off the inning with a solo homerun to right. Freshman Taylor Arends drove in a run in the fifth with a groundout to the pitcher to trim the lead to 4-2.
Clapp (3-1) took the loss allowing six hits and three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Gauden kept the Bears in the game with a strong performance out of the bullpen allowing two hits and one earned run in 4 1/3 innings.
Taylor went 2-for-4 in the loss as WashU was limited to seven hits and stranded eight runners.