Chicago, Ill., April 9, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team was limited to one run and seven hits as the Bears dropped a doubleheader at the University of Chicago Sunday in the Windy City. Chicago won game one 3-1 and posted a 4-0 victory in the nightcap.
Chicago improved to 13-8 with the two wins, while WashU dropped to 14-9. The Maroons won the series 3-1 after the two teams met for the first time since 2007.
WashU hit .177 (17-96) as a team during the four-game series, and had a 2.52 earned run average on the mound.
Chicago 3, WashU 1 – Game One
Junior Anna McKee pitched around two errors in the first, which gave the Bears some momentum heading into the second. Senior Janet Taylor led off the inning with a single, and then advanced to second on an error. She came around to score on a RBI single to right center by junior Hera Tang.
Chicago scored two runs with two outs in the third, and then added a run in the sixth. WashU was limited to a pair of singles in the final five innings of play.
McKee (8-3) tossed a complete game and took the loss allowing six hits and three runs (two earned). WashU was limited to four hits and also made three errors. Taylor was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Chicago 4, WashU 0 – Game Two
Junior Maggie Clapp cruised through the first two innings of game two allowing just one hit before allowing a run in the third and two in the fifth.
Clapp (5-6) took the loss allowing six hits and three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. McKee allowed one hit and one earned run in 1 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.
WashU was limited to just three hits, including a double by junior Hera Tang in the second.
The Bears returns to conference play by hosting a four-game series with Case Western Reserve University Friday-Saturday, April 14-15. Game one on Friday is set for 3 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Chicago, 9-5 … Senior Hannah Mehrle is 17 hits shy of tying the all-time school record … WashU is 13-3 when scoring first, and 1-6 when the opponent scores first … The Bears are 0-8 this season with scoring two or less runs.