St. Louis, Mo., April 23, 2016 — The No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team committed seven errors and was limited to one run in a pair of losses to Monmouth College (Ill.) Saturday at home on Senior Day.
Monmouth recorded a 7-0 win in game one, and then posted a 4-1 victory in nine innings in game two. Monmouth improved to 21-9 with the sweep, while WashU dropped to 32-10.
Prior to the contest, WashU honored its three seniors: Brooke Hofer, Amanda Kalupa and Annie Pitkin. The Class of 2016 has compiled an overall record of 127-54 (.702) and have been apart of four seasons with 30 or more wins and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Bears also won University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships in 2014 and 2015.
Monmouth 7, #18 WashU 0 – Game One
Pitkin retired the first nine batters with five strikeouts, but garnered a lead-off hit in the fourth. Charlotte Park then launched a deep homerun with two outs to give Monmouth the 2-0 advantage.
With the WashU offense not producing at the plate, Pitkin cruised through the next two innings to keep the Bears in the game. Junior Janet Taylor made a diving catch on the first pitch of the sixth as Pitkin only threw three pitches in the inning.
Taylor led off the sixth with a double off the left field fence, and moved to third on a wild pitch. She was stranded at third. Monmouth put the game out of reach scoring five runs on just two hits, and took advantage of three infield errors.
Pitkin (19-5) took the loss allowing four hits and seven earned (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings pitched. She struck out seven and walked two. Junior Hannah Mehrle was 3-for-3 as WashU was limited to six hits. The Bears left six runners on base.
Monmouth 4, #18 WashU 1 (Nine Innings) – Game Two
Tied at 1-1 in the ninth, Monmouth scored three runs without recording a hit, and took advantage of two WashU errors.
Sophomore Maggie Clapp (9-5) tossed a complete game and took the loss allowing six hits and four unearned runs. Clapp dropped her team-leading earned run average to 1.29.
WashU scored first in the first at-bat of game two despite not getting a hit. Mehrle led off with a walk, and then came around to score after a sacrifice fly by Hofer.
The Bears were limited to three hits in game two, and committed a season-high four errors.
WashU hosts Fontbonne University (19-11) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 27. Game one is set to begin at 4 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Monmouth 8-4 … Hofer played in her 180th career game, most in school history … WashU was shutout for just the second time this season in game one … The Bears have committed 10 errors in the last three games … Mehrle leads the team with 18 multi-hit games … Taylor's 34-game reached base streak came to an end in game two … Pitkin appeared in her 118th game, tied for most in school history … WashU is 3-1 in extra innings this year … Mehrle was 4-for-7 at the plate and took over the UAA lead in batting average (.482).