No. 18 WashU Softball Sweeps Principia for 30th Win

No. 18 WashU Softball Sweeps Principia for 30th Win

St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 2016 — The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team eclipsed the 30-win plateau for the fourth-straight season and for the 11th time in school history with a doubleheader sweep of Principia College Friday in St. Louis.

WashU posted an 11-0 win in five innings in game one, and then recorded an 8-0 victory in six innings in the second game.

Junior Janet Taylor went a combined 4-for-7 with five RBIs and two runs scored in the two wins. Taylor leads the team and is second in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with 40 RBIs.

WashU improved to 30-8 with the two wins, while Principia fell to 3-19.

#18 WashU 11, Principia 0 (Five Innings) – Game One
Junior Hannah Mehrle went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Taylor 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. The Bears had 10 hits in the win. 

Taylor ripped a single to center scoring sophomore Hera Tang to give WashU the early 1-0 lead after an inning of play. WashU scored six runs in the second on two hits and took advantage of four errors to make it 7-0. Taylor had the big hit of the inning, a two-RBI, two-out single to right.

Freshman Taylor Arends added a solo homerun to left in the bottom of the fourth, and then freshman Josi Elder ripped an RBI single to left to drive in a run to make it 9-0. Mehrle added a two-RBI double to right to round out the scoring.

Pitkin (18-4) picked up the win allowing one hit in four innings pitched with six strikeouts. She eclipsed 200 strikeouts for the second season, and is second in NCAA Division III with 201 Ks. Sophomore Maggie Clapp pitched a scoreless fifth.

#18 WashU 8, Principia 0 (Six Innings) – Game Two
WashU recorded 13 hits in game two, led by Clapp's 3-for-4 performance with two RBIs and a run scored. Elder was perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Taylor was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

WashU busted open game two with three runs on three hits in its first AB. Taylor drove in the first run with a triple off the right field fence, and then Arends pushed across a run after reaching on an error. Clapp helped herself with an RBI single to left to make it 3-0.

Taylor delivered again in the second with a two-out RBI single up the middle to push the advantage to 4-0. WashU pushed across three runs on five hits in the fifth to make it 7-0. Sophomore Melinique Walls and Mehrle each had RBI single in the inning. 

Clapp made the start and did not allow a hit in two innings pitched with three strikeouts. Sophomore Mackenzie Gauden replaced Clapp and picked up the win (3-0) allowing one hit with five Ks in three innings. Sophomore Anna McKee tossed a perfect sixth inning with two strikeouts. 

WashU returns to action on Sunday, April 17, with a doubleheader at Blackburn College (2-20). Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Principia 8-0 … The 30 wins in 2016 are the eighth most in a single season under head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutte … Hofer played in her 176th career game, second most in school history and two shy of the record … Taylor moved into eighth place in school history in triples (6) and ninth in RBIs (96) … The homerun for Arends in game one was her second of the season … Taylor has reached base in 31-straight games.