BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team 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. 20 Central Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
NFCA RANKINGS – WashU remained 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 College March 20 in the final game of the Mizuno Invitational. The Bears have recorded 20 or more wins in 17-straight seasons.
PITKIN NAMED NATIONAL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – For the first time this season and third time in her career, senior pitcher Annie Pitkin was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Pitcher of the Week on March 23. Pitkin posted a 3-0 record with one save to lead WashU to four wins at the Mizuno Invitational March 19-20 in St. Louis. She struck out 22 and allowed one earned run in 13 2/3 innings pitched.
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.
NCAA STATISTICS – WashU has three 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, 5th; shutouts, four, 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).
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.