St. Louis, Mo., March 29, 2016 — The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team was limited to one run in a pair of losses to No. 15-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday at the at WU Softball Field in St. Louis.
The Bears suffered a 5-1 defeat in game one, and then made a season-high five errors in a 4-0 loss in game two.
Illinois Wesleyan extended its winning streak to nine games and improved to 9-3, while WashU fell to 20-6.
#15 Illinois Wesleyan 5, #6 WashU 1 – Game 1
The Titans scored all five runs via the homerun with two outs in game one. IWU struck first in the top of the fourth scoring a pair of runs off Pitkin after a two-homerun by Julie Josten. She took the first pitch from senior Annie Pitkin and parked it over the left field fence.
The Titans pushed the advantage to 5-0 with three runs in the fifth on a towering two-out homerun to left by Mary Rankin. WashU scored its lone run in the sixth on an RBI single by senior Brooke Hofer.
Pitkin (12-3) tossed a complete game allowing six hits and five earned runs. WashU was limited to five singles in the loss.
#15 Illinois Wesleyan 4, #6 WashU 0 – Game 2
The Bears fell behind for the second-straight game after IWU scored a run in the third inning after Laura Bonds drove a pitch off the right field wall for an RBI double.
WashU got the leadoff runner in three of the first four innings, but could not muster a run. Hofer led off the fourth with a double off the left field fence, but was stranded. In the fifth, the Bears loaded the bases with one out but did not score.
Sophomore Maggie Clapp (6-3) tossed a complete game allowing seven hits and four runs (one earned). Clapp struck out five and walked one. WashU was limited to three hits and left eight runners on base.
WashU opens a 10-game road trip with four games at the Central College Invitational held Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3, in Pella, Iowa. The Bears take No. 18-ranked Central Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Illinois Wesleyan are tied in the all-time series 11-11, but IWU has won seven-straight games dating back to 2011 … The Bears had their 10-game home win streak snapped with the loss in game one … Junior Janet Taylor extended her hitting streak to 13 games … Freshman Taylor Arends did not reach base in game two, snapping a streak of 25-straight contests on base … The Bears are 0-4 against ranked teams … WashU was shutout for the first time all season in game two … The Bears were 3-for-25 with runners in scoring position in the doubleheader, including 0-for-13 in game two.