WashU Softball Shocks No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 1-0

WashU Softball Shocks No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan 1-0

St. Louis, Mo., March 23, 2019 – Freshman pitcher Madison Denton got out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the seventh inning as the Washington University in St. Louis softball team upset No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan University 1-0 in the second game of the Schutt Invitational-II Saturday in St. Louis.

WashU was limited to two hits in a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Coe College in game one. 

#8 Coe 2, WashU 0 – Game One
Sophomore Abby Graegin (1-4) took the loss in the opener despite giving up just five hits and one earned run in three innings pitched. Freshman Holly Stoner was tremendous in relief allowing two hits and one unearned run with six strikeouts in four innings pitched.

Junior Amy Walsh had a single and freshman Katie Gould recorded a double, the lone extra base hit for either team.

Coe scored a run in the third and added an unearned tally in the sixth.

WashU 1, # 4 Illinois Wesleyan 0 – Game Two
Denton (4-2) allowed eight hits and recorded five strikeouts en route to her fifth complete game of the season. She also shutout Illinois Wesleyan, the 2018 NCAA Division III Runner-Up, for the first time this season.

After a scoreless first five innings, senior Taylor Arends drove a pitch to right field for a double to score junior Amy Walsh for the only run of the game. Walsh doubled off the center field wall with one out to start the rally. 

The Titans had three hits in the sixth inning off Denton, but did not score after Gould gunned down a runner trying to score from second. Illinois Wesleyan loaded the bases in the seventh, but Denton got three-straight groundouts to exit the jam.

WashU was limited to four hits and committed three errors. Ally Wiegand (3-1) took the loss for IWU despite striking out 15.

WashU (6-6) hosts the final day of The Schutt Invitational-II on Sunday, March 24. WashU takes on No. 8 Coe at 1:15 p.m. and No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan at 3:30 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK:
• WashU is 2-1 against ranked teams this season
• The RBI for Arends was the 99th of her career