WashU Opens Season with Split at Spring Games

Photo by Marco Quaroni
Photo by Marco Quaroni

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.

Senior infielder Taylor Arends went 6-for-8 with three RBIs in the two games, while junior outfielder Amy Walsh was 4-for-7 with four runs scored and two stolen bases.

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. 

Sophomore Kendall Schwartz was solid in relief allowing six hits and one earned run in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Freshman Holly Stoner pitched the seventh with three strikeouts.

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