Pella, Iowa, May 13, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team had its season come to an end with a 2-0 loss to No. 25 Coe College in an elimination game of the 2017 NCAA Division III Pella Regional Saturday in Pella, Iowa.
Coe improved to 31-10 with the win, while WashU ended its season with a 27-14 mark. Coe takes on No. 23 University of St. Thomas in the regional championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Coe did some things very well and we did not get it done today. I am happy with the performance that Maggie had on the mound," said first-year head coach Michelle Venturella. "We came up short today. We needed to put some runs on the board and we did not do that."
WashU was limited to four hits in the loss, and had two runners thrown out at the plate. Junior Hera Tang was called out on a suicide squeeze in the second inning, and then senior Kenzie James was thrown out after a ground ball to second in the third.
Junior Maggie Clapp (9-10) took the loss despite allowing six hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings pitched. Junior Anna McKee tossed a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. The Bears pitching staff allowed four earned runs in 20 innings pitched.
Coe opened the game with a double down the left-field line by Mallory McArtor, and then Allie O'Brien drove her in with a double to left. The Kohawks added an unearned run in the seventh after a throwing error.
Maliah Fligg (15-4) picked up the win for Coe allowing four hits. Fligg retired the final 14 batters of the game.
WashU's Class of 2017 (James, Hannah Mehrle, Halle Steinberg, Janet Taylor) guided the Bears to a 126-56 (.692) overall record with four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2014, 2015 and 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.
"As I spent more time with the team, I got to know them and I found out this is a really special group," added Venturella. "This will always be a special year for me from my first senior class, to becoming a Bear, and understanding what that is all about."
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Coe leads the all-time series with WashU 8-6 and the Kohawks won two of three meetings in 2017 … WashU is 3-10 when the opponent scores first … The Bears split eight games against ranked opponents this season … Clapp allowed five earned runs in her last 53 innings pitched … James finished as the career leader in stolen bases (74), Mehrle in batting average (.429), triples (13) and hits (229), and Taylor in walks (72).