St. Louis, Mo., April 13, 2016 — The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team plays six games this week against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) members.
The Bears close out a 10-game road trip with a pair of games at Greenville College (10-12-1) on Thursday, April 14, followed by a doubleheader at home Friday, April 15, against Principia College (3-15). WashU closes out the week with a pair of games at Blackburn College (2-16) on Sunday, April 17.
NFCA RANKINGS – Following a week where the Bears went 3-1 at the Illinois Wesleyan Invite, WashU dropped five spots to No. 18 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.
25 AND COUNTING – WashU picked up its 25th win of the season in an 8-0 win over the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire April 8 in Bloomington, Ill. The Bears have reached the 25-win plateau for the 11th-straight season under head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté.
JAMES AND PITKIN HONORED BY UAA – Junior Kenzie James and senior Annie Pitkin received University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors on April 12. James received UAA Softball Hitter of the Week honors for the first time in her career after batting .600 (6-for-10) with two runs scored, three stolen bases and an RBI at the IWU Invite.
Pitkin picked up UAA Softball Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season and 13th time in her career after posting a 2-1 record with a 0.82 ERA in three appearances. She struck out 20 batters in 17 innings pitched for the week.
JT HEATING UP AT THE PLATE – Junior Janet Taylor has been on a recent surge at the plate hitting .500 (12-for-24) with three homeruns and eight RBIs in the month of April. Taylor took over the UAA lead in batting average (.471), and also ranks third in the conference in RBIs (35) and fifth in homeruns (5). She has hit safely in 21-straight games and reached base in 28 consecutive.
TAKING THREE – Junior Hannah Mehrle tied the WashU career mark for triples in the 8-3 win vs. Wartburg College March 19. Mehrle has 11 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.