BEAR HEADLINES – Washington University in St. Louis concludes regular-season play with five games this week. The Bears host Greenville College for a single game on Tuesday, April 25, and then wrap up University Athletic Association (UAA) play with four games at New York University on Friday-Saturday, April 28-29.
SERIES HISTORY – WashU leads the all-time series with Greenville, 21-1, and the Bears have won four-straight meetings. The Bears have won all four meetings with New York.
DUO NAMED UAA AOW – Sophomore shortstop Taylor Arends and junior pitcher Maggie Clapp were named the UAA Athletes of the Week. Arends hit .556 (10-for-18) with two runs scored, two stolen bases and four RBIs, while Clapp posted a 3-0 record with a save and did not allow an earned run in 16 1/3 innings pitched.
A LOOK AT THE UAA RACE – WashU can secure its first conference title since 2015 with two wins this weekend. The Bears have a 112-40 (.789) all-time mark in conference play with nine UAA titles - 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015.
CLASS OF 2017 – The senior class (Kenzie James, Hannah Mehrle, Halle Steinberg, Janet Taylor) has helped guide the Bears to a 121-53 (.695) overall record with three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2014 and 2015 UAA Championship.
MEHRLE CLOSING IN ON RECORD – Senior Hannah Mehrle recorded the 200th hit of her career in a 10-8 win over Emory University in game two on April 1. Mehrle is the fourth player in school history to record 200 or more hits, and is five shy of the school record set by Maggie Mullen (221, 2011-14).
WALK IT OUT – Senior Janet Taylor was issued two walks last week to increase her career total to 70, most in school history. Taylor ranks 16th in NCAA Division III in active players.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE – WashU's schedule ranks first out of 414 teams in NCAA Division III. The Bears past opposition has a .644 winning percentage (378-209).
REGIONAL RANKINGS – The NCAA Division III Softball Committee released its first 2017 Midwest Regional Rankings - 1. Luther, 2. Coe, 3. Central (Iowa), 4. WashU, 5. St. Thomas (Minn.), 6. Saint Benedict, 7. St. Catherine, 8. Hamline.