WashU Drops Pair of Games in Minnesota to Open Season

WashU Drops Pair of Games in Minnesota to Open Season

Rochester, Minn., March 3, 2017 — The Washington University in St. Louis softball team was limited to just one run in a pair of season-opening losses Friday at the Luther Dome Games in Rochester, Minn.

No. 14-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire posted a 2-0 win in the opener, and then host and No. 5 Luther College rallied for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

"It was good to see both Maggie and Anna give us solid performances on the mound against two good teams," said WashU head coach Michelle Venturella. "Our defense was solid which kept us in both games. We need to increase our quality at bat percentage as a team which will lead to a stronger offensive performance."

#14 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2, WashU 0
The Bears were limited to six hits in the opener, all singles. WashU also committed two errors, which led to one unearned run.

Junior Maggie Clapp (0-1) took the loss allowing five hits and one earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Junior Anna McKee struck out five and did not allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings out of relief.

Senior Kenzie James had a pair of singles in the loss.

#5 Luther 2, WashU 1
The Bears jumped in front in game two after scoring in their first at-bat. Senior Janet Taylor walked to leadoff the game, and then James singled to center. Taylor advanced to third on an error, and then scored on an RBI single by senior Hannah Mehrle.

 Luther scored a run in the second and third inning off McKee to grab the 2-1 advantage. The Bears were held without a hit and just one base runner in the final six innings.

McKee (0-1) tossed a complete game allowing five hits and two earned runs. She also struck out eight and walked four. The Bears had two hits in the loss.

WashU (0-2) concludes play at the Luther Dome Games on Saturday with games against No. 22 University of St. Thomas (Minn.) at 1 p.m. and St. Catherine University at 3 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: Mehrle is one hit shy of 10th place all-time at WashU … The Bears hit .157 in the two games and were held without an extra base hit.