BEAR HEADLINES – Washington University in St. Louis continues play with a four-game series at the University of Chicago on Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9. Game one on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. The four games will not count toward the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings).
SERIES HISTORY – WashU leads the all-time series with Chicago 8-2, and the teams are meeting for the first time since April 15, 2007 (12-2 victory by WashU).
ARENDS AND MCKEE EARN UAA AOW – Sophomore infielder Taylor Arends and junior pitcher Anna McKee were named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week. Arends batted .429 (6-of-14) with three runs scored and three RBIs in a four-game series split at Emory University, while McKee posted a 2-1 record with a 3.20 earned run average in 19 2/3 innings pitched.
MEHRLE CLOSING IN ON RECORD – Senior Hannah Mehrle recorded the 200th hit of her career in a 10-8 win over Emory in game two on April 1. Mehrle is the fourth player in school history to record 200 or more hits, and is 20 shy of the school record set by Maggie Mullen (221, 2011-14).
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 208-211 (.496) career record in nine seasons as a collegiate coach – 13-6 at WashU and 195-205 at University of Illinois at Chicago.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE – WashU ranks third out of 415 teams in NCAA Division III in toughest schedule. The Bears past opposition has a .690 winning percentage (187-64).
18TH SEASON OF SOFTBALL – WashU has compiled a 542-207-1 (.723) 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.