St. Louis, Mo., March 29, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Friday, March 31, with four games at Emory University. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, followed by two games on Saturday.
SERIES HISTORY – WashU leads the all-time series with Emory, 19-15, and the Eagles swept the season series a year ago.
MCKEE NAMED UAA PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Junior pitcher Anna McKee was named the UAA pitcher of the Week on Monday. McKee posted a 2-0 record and tossed a pair of complete games at the WashU Invitational. She allowed five hits and four runs (three earned) in a 5-4 win over No. 10 Coe College Friday, and then struck out a career-high 14 and allowed just five hits in a 7-0 win against Wartburg College on Sunday. McKee struck out 19 in 14 innings pitched, and limited opponents to a .192 batting average. This is the first UAA Pitcher of the Week honor in McKee's career.
A LOOK AT THE STREAK – WashU is in the midst of a season-long five-game win streak with five players hitting .400 or better – senior Janet Taylor (.500), junior Ashley Madsen (.500), senior Kenzie James (.467), freshman Amy Walsh (.429) and senior Hannah Mehrle (.400). The Bears are hitting .373 during the five-game win streak, and have a 2.12 earned run average. WashU has also committed just four errors in the last five games.
VENTURELLA WITH 200TH WIN – Head coach Michelle Venturella picked up career win number 200 following a 9-1 victory over Smith College March 15 in Leesburg, Fla. Venturella has a 206-209 (.496) career record in nine seasons as a collegiate coach – 8-4 at WashU and 195-205 at University of Illinois at Chicago.
18TH SEASON OF SOFTBALL – WashU has compiled a 540-205-1 (.725) overall record in 18 seasons of softball, and has made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an NCAA Runner-Up finish in 2007. The Bears have also won nine University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships – 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015.