Bronx, N.Y., April 28, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team swept a doubleheader from New York University on Friday in Bronx, N.Y., to secure the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship. The UAA title for WashU is its first since 2015 and 10th in school history.
WashU rallied for a 4-3 victory in the opener, and then posted a 9-1 six-inning win in game two. The Bears extended their winning streak to nine games and improved their overall record to 25-11 and 10-4 in the UAA. NYU fell to 17-17 and 4-8 in the UAA.
Senior Hannah Mehrle went 5-for-8 with three runs scored and five RBIs in the doubleheader sweep. Mehrle became WashU's all-time hits leader with an RBI double in the top of the seventh in game one. She ranks fourth on the active NCAA Division III list with 225 career hits.
WashU 4, New York 3 – Game One
The Bears put together a rally down one run in the seventh. Sophomore Taylor Arends singled up the middle, and then Mehrle doubled to left to tie the game at 3-3. After Mehrle moved to third on a fly out by senior Janet Taylor, junior Hera Tang singled to the shortstop to drive in the eventual game-winning run.
Freshman Mikaela Arredondo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Mehrle was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Arends was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. WashU had 11 hits in the win.
Junior Anna McKee (15-3) picked up the win allowing six hits and three earned runs. She also struck out six en route to her conference-leading 13th complete game of the year.
WashU trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but the Bears answered with a run in the top of the second. Arredondo led off with a double and then scored on a passed ball.
NYU added two runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 advantage. WashU cut the lead in half in the sixth after Arredondo led off with a single, and then scored on an error.
WashU 9, New York 1 (Six Innings) – Game Two
Mehrle was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and four RBIs in the UAA clinching victory. She upped her conference-leading RBI total to 42.
Mehrle drove in the first run of game two with a double off the right field wall to give WashU the early 1-0 advantage. NYU answered right back with an unearned run off junior Maggie Clapp to knot the score.
Clapp helped herself with double to right in the second, and then scored after senior Halle Steinberg grounded to first for her 13th RBI of the season.
Tang pushed the advantage to 3-1 after an RBI single in the third. The lead grew to 6-1 in the fourth following an RBI single by Mehrle and a two-RBI single by Taylor. Mehrle put the game out of reach with a two-RBI double to left center in the sixth.
Clapp (9-8) tossed her seventh complete game of the year allowing two hits and one unearned run. She has allowed just three earned runs in her last 41 innings pitched.
WashU recorded 12 hits in the game two victory. Senior Kenzie James was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Clapp was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two doubles.
WashU closes out a four-game series with NYU on Saturday, April 29. Game one is set for 6 p.m. (ET)
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU has won six all-time meetings with New York … WashU is 22-3 when scoring first and 3-8 when opponents score first … The Bears are 114-40 all-time in UAA play … The Bears have recorded double-digit hits 16 times … WashU has recorded 12-straight season of 25 or more wins … James moved into eighth place in hits (180) … Mehrle vaulted to third place in doubles (44) and fourth in runs scored (128) and RBIs (143).