BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team hosts No. 15-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University (7-3) in a doubleheader Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m. The Bears have won seven-straight games, and are a perfect 4-0 at home this season.
NFCA RANKINGS – WashU moved up three spots to No. 6 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 Poll. The Bears reached their highest ranking of the 2016 season at No. 2 on March 9.
20 WINS AND COUNTING – WashU picked up its 20th win of the in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Wartburg March 20 in the final game of the Mizuno Invitational. The Bears have recorded 20 or more wins in 17-straight seasons.
MEHRLE AND PITKIN EARN UAA HONOR – Junior outfielder Hannah Mehrle and senior pitcher Annie Pitkin were named to the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship All-Tournament Team. Mehrle was fourth in the tournament with a .429 batting average (15-for-35), and led the tournament in hits (15). Pitkin, who earned the honor for the third-straight year, posted a 4-2 mark with a 2.67 earned run average in six starts. She struck out 55 in 39 1/3 innings pitched, and tossed five complete games.
HOFER AND PITKIN NAMED UAA AOW – Senior first baseman Brooke Hofer and senior pitcher Annie Pitkin were named the UAA Athletes of the Week on March 21. Hofer batted .632 (12-for-19) with two doubles and five RBIs, while Pitkin posted a 3-0 record with one save.
NCAA STATISTICS – WashU has four student-athletes ranked in the top-10 in NCAA Division III individual statistical categories: senior Brooke Hofer (toughest to strikeout, 0.0, 1st), junior Hannah Mehrle (triples, six, 2nd) and senior Annie Pitkin (strikeouts, 133, 2nd; victories, 12, 3rd; shutouts, four, 5th), junior Janet Taylor (RBIs, 27, 7th).
TAKING THREE – Junior Hannah Mehrle tied the WashU career mark for triples in a career in the 8-3 win vs. Wartburg March 19. Mehrle has 11 career triples in her three-year career, and is tied with Laura D'Andrea (2005-08) and Alyssa Abramoski (2009-12) for first on the all-time list. She is also one shy of tying the single-season mark of seven set by Kate Gase (2000) and Abramoski (2011).
BEAR BITS – Freshman Taylor Arends has reached base in all 24 games this season; Senior Brooke Hofer and junior Janet Taylor lead the team in multi-hit games with 12; Taylor has hit safely in the last 11 games and 22 of 24 this season.
LIVE COVERAGE – All 18 home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the Bear Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.