Bloomington, Ill., May 14, 2016 — The No. 23-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team had its season come to an end with a 5-2 loss to DePauw University Saturday in an elimination game at the 2016 Illinois Wesleyan Regional in Bloomington, Ill.
DePauw improved to 31-17 with the win, and advances to play Illinois Wesleyan University in the regional championship game Sunday at Noon. WashU concludes its season with a 35-12 overall record, its fourth-straight 30-win season and 11th in school history.
Sophomore pitcher Maggie Clapp got in some trouble in the top of the first inning after the first three batters reached base, including two by walk. Lauren Godden then lifted a pitch from Clapp over the left field fence to make it 4-0.
WashU wasted a leadoff double by junior Janet Taylor in the second inning, leaving the bases loaded. The Bears pushed across an unearned run in the third to trim the lead to 5-1.
The Bears added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by junior Hannah Mehrle.
Clapp (10-6) took the loss allowing eight hits and five earned runs in six innings pitched. Senior Annie Pitkin tossed the seventh allowing one hit.
Pitkin wraps up her career as one of the most dominating pitcher in school history. She posted a 71-30 record with a 1.99 earned run average, and struck out 778 in her career. Pitkin ranks first in school history in appearances (122), second in wins (71), third in innings pitched (609.1) and strikeouts (778), and fourth in complete games (56).
BEAR NOTEBOOK: The Bears are 1-3 against DePauw in the NCAA Tournament … WashU's Class of 2016 (Brooke Hofer, Amanda Kalupa, Pitkin) finished their careers with a 130-56 (.699) overall record … Hofer played in her 185th career game, most in school history … Hofer had a .342 career batting average with 91 RBIs … WashU is 25-28 (.472) all-time in 14 NCAA appearances … The Bears hit .192 with one extra-base hit in three NCAA Tournament games.