Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 12, 2016 — The No. 2-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team suffered a pair of losses Saturday at the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
WashU dropped a 3-1 loss to No. 4 Emory University in game one, and then suffered a 5-3 decision to the University of Rochester in the second game. The Bears were a combined 7-for-32 with runners in scoring position and left 20 runners on base in the two losses.
WashU (13-4, 5-4 UAA) closes out UAA play Sunday, March 13, against Case Western Reserve University. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.
#4 Emory 3, #2 WashU 1
Emory (19-1, 8-0 UAA) secured its seventh-straight UAA title with a two-run win over WashU in game one. The Eagles scored all three of their runs via the long ball.
Emory scored in the top of the first off senior Annie Pitkin following a leadoff single by Taylor Forte and a wind-blown homerun to right by Melody Carter.
WashU got a runner on third in the second after sophomore Anna McKee led off with a double, but Brittany File struck out back-to-back batters to end the threat. In the fourth, the Bears loaded the bases with one out, and once again File got out of the jam with a pair of Ks.
Pitkin retired 18-straight batters with 11 strikeouts after the first-inning homerun. She struck out the side in the third and sixth innings. Pitkin allowed a two-out solo home run to Janelle Turnquist in the seventh.
WashU loaded the bases again in the seventh, but mustered just one run on a bases loaded walk by junior Janet Taylor. She was the lone bright spot for WashU going 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. The Bears were limited to four hits, left nine runners on base and were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Pitkin (8-2) tossed a complete game allowing three hits and three earned runs with 11 strikeouts. Both of her losses this season have been to Emory.
Rochester 5, #2 WashU 3
Sophomore Maggie Clapp (4-2) struggled for the second-straight game against Rochester (4-9, 2-7 UAA) allowing five hits and three earned runs. The Yellowjackets recorded four-straight hits to start the contest. Clapp lasted just 1/3 inning of an inning, and gave way to sophomore Mackenzie Gauden trailing 3-0.
McKee got the Bears on the scoreboard in the third inning when she singled to left field scoring Taylor to trim the lead to 3-1. Rochester tacked on another run in the fourth off Gauden to push the advantage to 4-1.
The Bears got a run back in the fifth on a two-out RBI single to left by senior Brooke Hofer, and then Hofer singled to right in the seventh to trim the lead to 5-3. WashU had bases loaded with one out in the seventh, but junior Halle Steinberg lined into a double play to end the game.
Hofer finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Taylor was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Freshman Josi Elder was 2-for-2 and on base four times with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The Bears had 10 hits and left a season-high 11 runners on base.
Gauden was outstanding out of the bullpen in 5 2/3 innings pitched, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). She struck out five and did not walk a batter.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU is 103-36 (.741) all-time at the UAA Championship … Mehrle's 15-game hitting streak came to an end against Emory … The Bears were swept by Emory and Rochester at the UAA Championship … WashU has committed 10 errors in nine UAA games and leads the tournament in fielding percentage (.957) … The Bears also lead the six-team field in batting average (.323) … Mehrle leads the UAA Championship in hits (14) and runs scored (nine).