Washington U. Softball Splits Doubleheader With Missouri Baptist
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St. Louis, Mo., April 3, 2013 – Junior Kelsey Neal went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and four RBIS at the plate to lead the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a 7-6 victory over Missouri Baptist University in the second game of the doubleheader Wednesday at the WU Softball Field. Missouri Baptist posted a 4-2 win in the opener.
Washington University (20-8) picked up its 20th win of the season Wednesday and recorded its 14th-straight season with 20 or more victories. Missouri Baptist dropped to 12-8 with the split.
Missouri Baptist 4, Washington U. 2 – Game One
The Spartans jumped out in front 2-0 with a run in each of the first two innings, but an RBI single by sophomore Paige Biles in to left in the third inning made it 2-1. Missouri Baptist added a run in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by pinch-hitter Donyelle DeMarse, but Washington U. answered right back with a run after sophomore Adrienne White reached on a fielder choice.
Missouri Baptist took advantage of a pair of miscues by the Bears in seventh inning to add an insurance run. Corey Pritchford reached on a triple with one out after senior Hilary Stepansky misplayed a ball in left field, and then came around to score on an error by White at shortstop to make it 4-2.
Washington U. was limited to four hits in the loss, highlighted by a 2-for-4 performance by Biles. Neal (10-3) took the loss on the mound allowing nine hits and four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Washington U. 7, Missouri Baptist 6 – Game Two
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Washington U. scored four runs on five hits and took advantage of an error by the Spartans. Freshman Brooke Hofer doubled to lead of the inning, and moved to third following a single by senior Ashley Janssen. After Biles reached on an error to load the bases, Neal homered to left to make it 4-1.
A pair of RBI singles by Missouri Baptist in the top of the fourth trimmed the lead to 4-3, and then the Spartans tied the contest in the fifth after pinch-runner Natalie Aubuchon scored on a wild pitch by freshman starter Annie Pitkin to tie the game at 4-4.
Neal got things started in the fifth with a leadoff walk, and then was pinch ran by freshman Laura Worthen. With one out sophomore Stacy Berg walked and White singled to load the bases. Senior Sondra Polonsky made it 5-4 with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Worthen. Hofer delivered again with two outs, driving in a pair of runs with a bloop double to right to push the advantage to 7-4. Hofer is batting .412 (14-34) this season with two outs.
Pitkin (7-3) tossed the third complete game of the season allowing a career-high 11 hits and six earned runs. She also struck out seven in the win, the second most of her career. Hofer (3-for-3, two RBIs, run scored), Janssen (2-for-3, two stolen bases, run scored) and White (3-for-3, run scored) also recorded multi-hit games for the Bears.
Washington University (20-8) returns to action with a doubleheader at Monmouth College Saturday, April 6, beginning at 1 p.m. The Scots have a 7-6 record and hosting its second set of home games in 2013.
Bear Notebook: The Bears have recorded double-digit hits in 16 games this season … Janssen and Neal have reached base in 19-straight games … The home run for Neal was the 16th of her career, tied for sixth most in school history … Janssen walked twice to up her career total to 56, second most in school history … Neal’s 40 RBIs this season are second most in NCAA Division III.