Washington U. Softball Falls to No. 8 St. Thomas 5-0 in NCAA Tournament
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Pella, Iowa, May 10, 2013 — Top-seeded and No. 8 ranked University of St. Thomas scored three runs in its first at-bat and never looked back as the Tommies posted a 5-0 win over No. 5 seed Washington University in St. Louis in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Friday at the Pella Regional in Pella, Iowa.
Washington University dropped its overall record to 31-13 with the loss, while St. Thomas improves to 40-5. Washington U. takes on Augustana College Saturday at 10 a.m. in an elimination game, while St. Thomas takes on the winner of Fontbonne and No. 16 Central College at 2 p.m.
“Kendra Bowe was mixing locations and speeds very well and we were getting underneath the ball when we were connecting,” said eighth-year head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutté. “It is tough to start off the inning after giving up some early runs. It changed the momentum and makes a big difference when our offense cannot set the tone.”
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St. Thomas’ Jenna Hoffman and Kimmy Hassel singled to lead off the game, and then Emily Gregory launched a three-run home run to left that went off the baseball scoreboard to make it 3-0 after a half inning of play. The home run for Gregory was the 30th of her career.
Freshman starting pitcher Annie Pitkin did not get out of the second inning against St. Thomas. Gregory drove in a run with an RBI single to right that was booted by junior Maggie Mullen allowing another run to score. Pitkin (13-5) took the loss for Washington U. allowing five runs (four earned) in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
Freshman Brooke Hofer took over for Pitkin and was tremendous, allowing six hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched and kept St. Thomas’ offense in check. Hofer has thrown 11 1/3 innings in the NCAA Tournament, allowing one earned run.
Kendra Bowe (18-3) allowed just two hits and one walk in the win. At one point in the game, Bowe retired 13-straight batters. Senior Ashley Janssen and Hofer recorded the two hits for Washington U. in the loss.
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“She did a great job mixing speeds and had some up spin which was making up pop up. We also did not have the timely hitting like we did yesterday,” said Janssen, who is now four hits shy of the WUSTL single-season record. “We need to forget about today and move on to tomorrow. We are a great team and we know that.”
Bear Notebook: Janssen has reached base in 35-straight games … Washington U. is 1-3 all-time against St. Thomas, with all four games coming in the NCAA Tournament … The Bears are 3-5 this season against top-25 teams … Washington U. owns an all-time postseason record of 23-21 (.523) in 11 appearances.