St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 2016 — Washington University in St. Louis had three first-team selections to highlight five student-athletes named to the 2016 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) Softball Team, as announced by the conference office.
Junior outfielder Hannah Mehrle, senior pitcher Annie Pitkin and junior outfielder Janet Taylor earned first-team honors, while freshman shortstop Taylor Arends and senior first baseman Brooke Hofer earned second-team honors.
Mehrle has started all 44 games in left field and is batting a conference-best .497 with four home runs and 37 RBIs. She tied the WashU single-season record with seven triples and 72 hits. Mehrle leads the UAA in five offensive categories: hits, batting average, on-base percentage, triples and total bases (108). She has hit safely in 40 of 44 games played, and leads the team with 20 multi-hit games. Mehrle earned 2016 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team honors and was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on Feb. 22 and April 18. She is a two-time all-UAA selection in her career.
Pitkin has a 20-5 record has a 1.48 earned run average with five shutouts and 16 complete games. She ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in strikeouts per seven innings (10.7), fifth in strikeouts (224) and seventh in victories. Pitkin is a top-25 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Player of the Year, and was named to the 2016 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team. She is a three-time Division III National Pitcher of the Week and 13-time UAA Athlete of the Week honoree, and ranks in the top five in all eight WashU pitching categories. Pitkin set a school record with her 119th appearance Thursday against Webster University. A three-time all-UAA honoree, she also ranks first in NCAA Division III active players with 764 strikeouts.
Taylor has started all 44 games this season in center field and is batting .425 with a team-best five home runs and 42 RBIs. She is second in the UAA in walks (22), triples (3) and on-base percentage (.519), and is third in RBIs, hits (57) and total bases (84). Taylor's 22 walks tie a WashU single-season record. She has hit safely in 38 of 44 games, and had a career-long 21-game hitting streak. Taylor was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on March 7, and is a two-time all-UAA honoree for her career.
Arends has a .384 batting average with two home runs and 41 RBIs in 44 starts at shortstop. She has reached base in 39 of 44 games played, and is second on the squad with 13 multiple-RBI games. Arends ranks second in the UAA in triples (3), third in runs scored (45), fourth in RBIs and hits (56), and fifth in total bases (80) and assists (78). She opened the season by reaching base in 25-straight games.
Hofer is batting a career-best .428 with 12 doubles and 29 RBIs, and ranks second in the UAA with 59 hits. She also leads the conference in sacrifice hits (8), and is fourth in doubles (12), sixth in batting average, eighth in RBIs (29) and 10th in on-base percentage (.453). Hofer is second on the team with 18 multiple-hit games, and was the named the UAA Hitter of the Week on March 21. She is the Bears' all-time games played leader with 182.