Bloomington, Ill., April 8, 2016 — The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team battled through snow and hail to pick up a pair of shutouts Friday at the Illinois Wesleyan University Tournament in Bloomington, Ill.
WashU posted a 4-0 win over Hope College in game one, and then notched an 8-0 victory in six innings over University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in game two.
WashU improved to 25-7 with the two wins, its 11th-straight season with 25 or more victories under head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté.
#13 WashU 5, Hope 0
Senior Annie Pitkin (15-3) picked up the win in game one striking out six and striking out six in six innings pitched. Sophomore Maggie Clapp pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the shutout.
WashU scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first after junior Hannah Mehrle singled and then junior Janet Taylor smashed the first pitch she saw over the left field fence. The homerun was her team-leading fifth of the season.
The Bears pushed the advantage to 4-0 following an RBI single by Mehrle in the second and a sacrifice fly by senior Brooke Hofer in the third.
Mehrle was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as WashU was limited to five hits.
#13 WashU 8, UW-Eau Claire 0
Clapp (8-4), the reigning University Athletic Association (UAA) Pitcher of the Week, tossed her second complete game shutout of her career allowing four hits with four walks. She has allowed just two earned runs in the last 32 innings pitched, and lowered her team-leading ERA to 1.52.
WashU scored a pair of unearned runs in the second to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Hera Tang drove in both runs with a two-out, two-RBI double to right.
The Bears tacked on two more runs in the third after Hofer had an RBI single to right and then freshman Taylor Arends scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0. The run scored for James was the 100th of her career.
WashU added three runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach. James drove in a run with a single up the middle, and then Arends doubled to right to push across another tally. Senior Amanda Kalupa added an RBI groundout in the sixth to round out the scoring.
Hofer was 3-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and a walk, while James was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI. WashU had 11 hits in game two.
WashU wraps up play in the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament Saturday with a pair of games against University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (14-7) 3:45 p.m. and DePauw University (10-11) at 6 p.m. Both games will be streamed on the Bear Sports Network.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Hofer played in her 170th game, fourth most in school history … Taylor has hit safely in 19-straight games and reached base in 26 straight … She also moved into 11th place in school history with 90 RBIs … Pitkin's appearance in game one was the 112th of her career, tied for second in school history … WashU posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season.