Fairview Heights, Ill., April 10, 2014 – The No. 25-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team returned from an 11-day layoff with a doubleheader split at NAIA Lindenwood University-Belleville Thursday night at Moody Park in Fairview Heights, Ill. Washington U. had 10 hits in a 6-4 win in game one, and were limited to two hits in a 5-0 loss in game two.
#25 Washington U. 6, Lindenwood-Belleville 4 – Game One
The Bears scored in their first at-bat for the first time in five games after senior Maggie Ingell drove in freshman Kenzie James with a double to right field. The Bears jumped ahead 2-0 in the third inning with another two-out RBI, this time a single from senior Kelsey Neal that drove in junior Adrienne White.
Washington U. scored two unearned runs on just one hit and took advantage of three errors in the top of the fifth. Neal drove in her second run of the game on a fielders choice, and then James scored after an error by the shortstop to make it 4-0.
Lindenwood-Belleville cut the lead in half with a pair of runs off sophomore pitcher Annie Pitkin in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-2. An RBI by White made it 5-2 in the sixth, but the Lynx scored a run off sophomore pitcher Brooke Hofer in the bottom half of the inning. Hofer pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief allowing two hits and an earned run.
Washington U. loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with no one out and managed to score just one run. After getting the bases loaded with no outs, junior Alyssa Wilson flied to right for the first out and the right fielder ran the ball into the infield to pitcher Amanda Ahlert. With Ahlert's back to the play, Ingell advanced home for the only run of the inning for the Bears.
Pitkin got into some trouble in the seventh after Lindenwood had its first four runners reach base and pushed across one run to trim the lead to 6-4. She got Mikayly Conlin to pop up and then struck out Jamie Navarro and Sierra Brown to end the game. Pitkin (8-7) picked up the win allowing four hits and three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
James was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, while Ingell was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. The Bears had six stolen bases in the win, second most in school history.
Lindenwood-Belleville 5, #25 Washington U. 0 – Game Two
The Lynx (20-15-1) scored three runs in the first inning and a run in the second off sophomore Amanda Kalupa to build a commanding 4-0 lead. Kalupa walked two in the first two innings and allowed a three-run home run to Kaylin Stewart in the first.
After Lindenwood-Belleville starting pitcher Michele Pilster retired the first nine batters, White doubled to left center to lead off the fourth for the first hit of the game for the Bears. Pilster allowed a single to White in the sixth and finished with a two-hit shutout to improve to 6-5. She threw just 68 pitches in the seven innings.
Kalupa suffered her first loss of the season (4-1) allowing four hits and five earned runs in four innings pitched, while Neal tossed two innings in relief allowing one hit. White had the only two hits for Washington U. in the loss.
Washington U. (17-10) hosts a doubleheader with Westminster College Friday, April 11, beginning at 4 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Washington U. is 14-0 when the Bears score first and 3-10 when the opponent scores first … The Bears have recorded double figure-hit totals in 15 of 27 games played … The Bears were shutout for just the third time this season and first in seven innings … Washington U. did not commit an error in the doubleheader.