St. Louis, Mo., April 22, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team celebrated Senior Day with a 9-4 win over Brandeis University in game three of the series Saturday at home.
WashU honored its four seniors prior to the contest – Kenzie James, Hannah Mehrle, Halle Steinberg and Janet Taylor. The Class of 2017 has led the Bears to a 120-53 (.694) record in four seasons with three NCAA Tournament Appearances and the 2014 and 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
WashU won its fifth-straight game to improve to 21-11 and 7-4 in the UAA, while Brandeis fell to 11-15, 4-8 in UAA play.
The senior class had eight of the 13 hits in the win – James (3-for-4 with two runs scored, stolen base) Mehrle (2-for-4, run scored, two doubles, three RBIs), Steinberg (2-for-3, two runs scored, RBI) and Taylor (1-for-4).
Brandeis took its first lead of the series in the second inning after pushing across a run without recording a hit. Keri Lehtonen led off the inning with a walk, and then came around to score after three-consecutive steals.
WashU answered right back scoring seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-1 lead. Steinberg singled with one out in the second to drive in a run, and then sophomore Taylor Arends singled down the right field line to push across a run. Arends was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs in the win.
Mehrle then delivered the big hit of a game, a bases loaded double to right center, to make it 6-1. Junior Hera Tang had an RBI single to round out the scoring in the inning. She had two hits in the seven-run second, and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
WashU added two runs on three hits in the fifth to move ahead 9-2. Freshman Mikaela Arredondo drove in a run with a sac fly, and then Arends added an RBI single.
Junior Anna McKee (13-3) tossed her 12th complete game of the year allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned). She struck out five and walked four. McKee leads the UAA in wins, complete games and strikeouts (136).
WashU and Brandeis concludes the four-game series with a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Brandeis 30-7, and the Bears have won eight-straight meetings … The Bears are 2-8 when the opponent scores first … James set the WashU school record for stolen bases (69) … Mehrle is five hits shy of setting the all-time school record … Mehrle moved into fifth in school history in RBIs (136) and eighth in doubles (39) … James cracked the top-10 in all-time hits (174).