No. 15 WashU Heads to Florida for Six Games

No. 15 WashU Heads to Florida for Six Games

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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 15-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team heads south to Florida to play six games on Spring Break. The Bears take on No. 19 Ithaca College on Sunday, March 11, in the first of two games against ranked opponents in Florida.

FLORES SHINES IN DEBUT – Freshman catcher Julia Flores went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI in a doubleheader split with Webster Sunday. Flores went 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI in the 5-1 win in game one, and then was 1-for-3 in a 5-0 loss in game two. She also threw out the only baserunner that attempted to steal.

MCKEE TOSSES COMPLETE GAME – Senior pitcher Anna McKee tossed a two-hitter in the Bears' season-opening 5-1 win over Webster Sunday at home. McKee struck out four and allowed one earned run in the complete-game victory.

MCKEE EARNS PRESEASON HONOR – McKee was selected as a 2018 Preseason Honorable-Mention All-America by Fastpitch News. McKee, the 2017 UAA Pitcher of the Year, posted a 17-4 record with a 1.70 earned run average with six shutouts and 16 complete games. She also earned first-team all-UAA and second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region honors, and was named to the NCAA Division III Pella, Iowa Regional All-Tournament Team.

EIGHT NAMED ALL-AMERICA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE – WashU had eight student-athletes named to the 2016-17 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar Athlete Team. Those honored include: Taylor Arends, Maggie Clapp, Mackenzie Gauden, Kenzie James, Hannah McCall, Anna McKee, Hannah Mehrle and Hera Tang. The award is given to any nominee who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2016-17 academic year.

COFFMAN AND SAGARTZ ADDED TO STAFF – Head coach Michelle Venturella has announced the addition of Dan Coffman and Laurel Sagartz to the coaching staff for the 2018 season. Coffman has nine years of coaching experience, including stops at William Jewell College (2010-11) and University of Missouri (2011-14). Sagartz, a four-time All-American at WashU, spent the last year as pitching coach at Lindenwood-Belleville.