Kissimmee, Fla., March 9, 2019 – Freshman pitcher Madison Denton tossed a complete-game shutout in her first collegiate start to lead the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a 7-0 upset win over No. 18 Rhodes College in the 2019 season opener Saturday at the Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
WashU made four errors in a 6-4 loss to Kean University in game two.
WashU 7, #18 Rhodes 0 – Game One
Denton (1-0) allowed three hits and struck out three and walked two in the game one victory. She limited Rhodes to just one hit in the first five innings.
Arends was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while freshman infielder Nicole Hay was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman outfielder Katie Gould also had two RBIs in her first collegiate game.
Arends singled to center in the first to put WashU up 1-0, and then Hay and Drabek added RBI singles in the third to make it 3-0. Gould and Walsh recorded RBI triples in the fourth and sixth innings, then an RBI single by Arends in the sixth rounded out the scoring.
Rhodes (14-6), who was playing its 20th game of the season, made two errors in the loss.
Kean 6, WashU 4 – Game Two
The Bears committed three errors in the first two innings and fell behind 5-0 in game two to Kean (6-1). Sophomore Abby Graegin (0-1) made the start and lasted just 1 2/3 innings allowing five hits and five runs (three earned).
Trailing 6-0 in the sixth, WashU mounted a comeback scoring three runs on five hits. Drabek singled up the middle scoring two and then sophomore Natasha Ramakrishnan reached on a fielder's choice scoring another run to cut the lead to 6-3.
In the seventh Arends singled to left to drive in a run to round out the scoring.
Walsh was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Arends went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Junior Mikaela Arredondo also had two hits and Drabek drove in four runs.
WashU has a day off Sunday and returns to action Monday with a pair of contests against Susquehanna at 3:45 p.m. (ET) and Nebraska Wesleyan at 6 p.m.
• Arends has started 120-consecutive games
• Walsh recorded the ninth triple of her career, fourth most in school history