Long Ball Powers Washington U. Softball to Sweep of Webster
BOX 1 | BOX 2
St. Louis, Mo., April 14, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team used three home runs to power past Webster University Sunday in a pair of regional games at the WU Softball Field in St. Louis.
Junior Stacy Berg had a home run in each of the wins for Washington University, including a three-run shot in the bottom of first in the Bears’ 7-1 win in game two. She added a solo home run in the 6-2 game one victory. Berg is now tied for the team lead with seven home runs, and upped her career total to eight.
Washington U. 6, Webster 2 – Game One
Freshman pitcher Annie Pitkin (9-3) was in control from start to finish in the opening game against the Gorloks. Pitkin struck out eight in the first four innings of play, and went 4 1/3 without allowing a hit. She tossed her fourth complete game of the year, allowing five hits and two earned runs with a career-high 15 strikeouts.
Berg broke the scoreless tie with a leadoff home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pitkin got in some trouble in the sixth after Rachel Franck reached on a one-out bunt single, and then moved to third on a single to right by Molly Muntz. She struck out Aly Watson for the third time and then got Kaytlin Burczak on a rise ball for her 12th strikeout of the game.
The top of the lineup put the pressure on Webster in the bottom of the sixth after Janssen doubled down the left field line and then moved to third on an infield single by sophomore Paige Biles. Senior Ashley Janssen came around to score on a bloop single to left by junior Kelsey Neal. The RBI for Neal was her team-leading 42nd of the season.
Junior Maggie Mullen drove in a run with an single to center to make it 3-0, and then sophomore Adrienne White delivered three insurance runs with a towering three-run home run to left. The round tripper for White was her first of the season and second of her career. Kayla Mahoney added a two-run home run for Webster in the seventh to end the shutout.
Washington U. had seven hits in the win, with five coming in the sixth inning. Biles was 2-for-3 with a run scored, as the top six hitters for the Bears recorded at least one hit.
Washington U. 7, Webster 1 – Game Two
Berg gave the Bears an early 3-0 lead in its first at-bat as she sent a pitch over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run. Neal and Mullen scored on the home run after reaching base with two outs. Webster (16-9) scored an unearned run off WUSTL starter Kelsey Neal in the top of the third to trim the lead to 3-1.
The score remained thee same until the sixth, when Washington U. busted the game open with four runs on five hits and took advantage of a key error by Webster. Senior Sondra Polonsky and freshman Brooke Hofer each drove in a run with an RBI single, while Janssen pushed across two runs with a single up the middle.
Neal (11-5) tossed a complete game for Washington U. allowing seven hits and an unearned run. She also struck out six in the win. All eight of the runs scored between the two teams were unearned runs. Mullen was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, as the Bears had seven hits for the second-consecutive game.
Washington University (23-9) hosts doubleheaders next week against Westminster College Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m., and Blackburn College Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Washington U. honor its four seniors – Claire Downs, Ashley Janssen, Sondra Polonsky, Hilary Stepansky – Sunday against Blackburn.
Bear Notebook: Washington U. scored nine of its 13 runs in the sixth inning in the doubleheader sweep … Janssen’s two hits moved her into a tie for ninth on the all-time WUSTL list with 163 … Neal’s RBI in game one was the 87th of her career, tied for 10th in school history … Mullen scored three times Sunday, bringing her career total to 100.