BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team continues its 10-game road trip this weekend with four contests at the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament in Bloomington, Ill. The Bears open tournament play against Hope College (Noon) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2:15 p.m.) on Friday. WashU will also take on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (3:45 p.m.) and DePauw University (6 p.m.) on Saturday.
NFCA RANKINGS – Following a week where the Bears split six games, WashU dropped seven spots to No. 13 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.
BEARS IN SEARCH OF 25TH WIN – WashU has a 23-7 overall record, and are two wins shy of reaching the 25-win plateau for the 11th-straight season under head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté.
CLAPP EARNS UAA HONOR – Sophomore Maggie Clapp received UAA Softball Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career. She posted a 1-2 record and a 0.70 earned run average in 20 innings pitched, allowing just two earned runs in three starts last week. Clapp struck out five and allowed one earned run in a 4-0 loss to No. 15 Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday, then limited No. 20 Central College (Iowa) to one earned run in six innings in a 4-3 loss Saturday. She ended the week by allowing an unearned run in a 7-1 complete-game victory over the University of Dubuque Sunday.
JT HEATING UP AT PLATE – Junior Janet Taylor went 5-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs in a pair of wins Sunday at the Central College Invitational in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Taylor took over the team lead with 31 RBIs, and has hit safely in 17-consecutive games and reached base in 23 straight.
NCAA STATISTICS – WashU has two student-athletes ranked in the top-five in NCAA Division III individual statistical categories: senior Annie Pitkin (strikeouts, 158, 2nd; victories, 14, 4th; shutouts) and junior Hannah Mehrle (triples, six, 3rd).
TAKING THREE – Junior Hannah Mehrle tied the WashU career mark for triples in a career in the 8-3 win vs. Wartburg College 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).