WashU Unable to Overcome Miscues in Loss to New England

WashU Unable to Overcome Miscues in Loss to New England

Clermont, Fla., March 16, 2017 — The Washington University in St. Louis softball team could not overcome a season-high four errors in a 5-4 loss to the University of New England in the final game of its Spring Break Trip Thursday in Clermont, Fla.

New England improved to 4-3 with the win, while WashU had its four-game win streak snapped and fell to 6-4.

Junior Maggie Clapp (3-3) took the loss on the mound allowing three hits and five runs (two earned) in three innings. Junior Anna McKee was terrific out of the pen striking out six in three innings. WashU's pitching staff allowed just three hits in the loss.

The Bears trailed 2-1 after committing three errors in the first inning. WashU grabbed a 3-2 advantage in the third after an RBI triple by sophomore Taylor Arends and a sacrifice fly by senior Janet Taylor.

New England took advantage of another error by WashU to score three runs in the fourth to regain the 5-3 lead. In the fifth, freshman Amy Walsh tripled and then scored on an RBI single by Arends to cut the lead in half at 5-4.

Arends went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Walsh was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. The Bears had eight hits, including a pair of triples.

WashU concludes a 12-game road trip to start the season with a doubleheader at Monmouth College on Sunday, March 19. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: Senior Hannah Mehrle had her nine-game hitting streak snapped … Taylor increased her career walk total to 58, six shy of school record … The Bears have committed four errors in a game three times this season.