WashU Outlasts No. 4 IWU For Second-Straight Day

WashU Outlasts No. 4 IWU For Second-Straight Day

St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team scored three runs in its final at-bat as the Bears upset No. 4-ranked and 2018 NCAA National Runner-Up Illinois Wesleyan University 7-6 in the final game of the Schutt Invitational-II Sunday in St. Louis.

Sophomore Natasha Ramakrishnan drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single up the middle scoring sophomore Kendall Schwartz with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

WashU was limited to three hits in a 7-1 loss to No. 8 Coe College in game one.

#8 Coe 7, WashU 1 – Game One
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth in the opener, WashU manufactured a run to end the shutout. Freshman Kirsten Drabek led off the inning with single up the middle, and then stole second. She moved to third on a ground out and then scored on a sac fly by sophomore Julia Flores.

Coe (18-3) put the game out of reach scoring four runs on four hits in the sixth.

WashU was limited to three hits in the game one loss. Freshman Madison Denton (4-3) took the loss allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Freshman Katie Gould went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

WashU 7, # 4 Illinois Wesleyan 6 – Game Two
Schwartz (1-0) picked up the win in game two in relief allowing five hits and three runs (one earned) in 3 1/3 innings pitched. She also went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

WashU took the 1-0 lead in its first after senior Taylor Arends singled to right field to drive in Gould, who led off the game with an infield single. The RBI for Arends was the 100th of her career.

Schwartz made it 2-0 with a towering homerun to left in the second. The homerun for Schwartz was the first of her career. The Titans took the 3-2 lead with two runs in the fourth off of sophomore starter Abby Graegin.

The Bears answered back in the bottom half of the fourth following an RBI single up the middle by Ramakrishnan tie the score at 3-3. Junior Amy Walsh scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to put WashU up 4-3.

IWU (8-3) scored two runs in the seventh to take the 6-4 lead before WashU mounted its comeback. 

Arends led off the seventh with a triple, and then scored on a groundout by junior Mikaela Arredondo. Drabek doubled to left and then Schwartz reached on an infield single and then advanced to third on a throwing error. 

Freshman Nicole Hay ripped a pitch to right to drive in a run, and then Ramakrishnan drove a pitch up the middle for the game-winning hit.

Arends went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Ramakrishnan was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. The Bears had 13 hits and made three errors, all in the seventh inning.

WashU (7-7) plays it first true road game of the season at Fontbonne on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK:
• WashU is 3-2 against ranked teams this season, including 2-0 against IWU
• Arends moved into fifth all-time in school history in triples (9)