New York (19-17, 4-9 UAA) at WashU (13-13, 5-7 UAA)
Friday-Saturday, May 4-5 – WU Softball Field – St. Louis, Mo.
Live Video: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wustl/
Live Stats: http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/softball/xlive.htm
Download the complete WASHU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).
BEAR HEADLINES – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team concludes the 2018 season by hosting a four-game series with New York University on Friday-Saturday, May 4-5. The Bears will play their 800th game in school history on Friday, and then will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday.
SCOUTING NEW YORK – The Violets (19-17, 4-8 UAA) were swept in a four-game series at Emory University a weekend ago. New York must win at least one game to become ECAC eligible. The Violets are tops in the conference in homeruns (27) and hit-by-pitch (19), and second in batting average (.301). NYU has struggled in the circle and ranks last in the league in ERA (3.95).
The Violets have six players hitting above .300, led by Claire Stefanelli (.412, three HR, 15 RBI) and Diana King (.408, six HR, 30 RBI). Stefanelli is third in the UAA in batting average, while King is third in RBIs. Karissa Zubulake (6-2, 1.99 ERA) and Cassi Parulis (5-3, 4.28) are the probable starters for New York in the circle.
SERIES HISTORY – WashU leads the all-time series with New York 7-1, and the Bears won three of four games a year ago in the Bronx, N.Y.
CLASS OF 2018 – The Bears will honor its five seniors on Saturday, May 5, prior to a doubleheader with New York– Maggie Clapp, Mackenzie Gauden, Ashley Madsen, Anna McKee and Hera Tang. The group has helped lead WashU to a 108-52 (.675) overall record in four seasons. During this time the Bears won a pair of University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
UAA PLAY – WashU has a 120-48 (.714) all-time record in UAA play, and has won a conference-best 10 titles: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE – WashU ranks fourth out of 416 in teams in NCAA Division III with the past opposition having a .630 winning percentage (529-311-1). A year ago the Bears finished with the 15th best schedule in DIII with a .614 percentage.
LIVE COVERAGE – All home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website.