Carlinville, Ill., April 26, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team closed out the regular season Saturday by collecting its 30th win with a sweep at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. The Bears picked up an 8-0 win in five innings in game one, and then an 8-0 victory in game two.
Washington U. ends the regular season with a 30-15 overall record, winning 11 of its last 14 games. This is the Bears' second-straight 30-win season and ninth in school history.
Washington U. 8, Blackburn 0 (Five Innings) – Game One
Sophomore Annie Pitkin (16-10) allowed two hits and struck out five in four shutout innings in game one. Sophomore Brooke Hofer pitched a perfect fifth inning to preserve the shutout for the Bears.
The Bears scored three runs on two hits in the first inning to build a commanding 3-0 lead. Junior Alyssa Wilson singled up the middle to drive in freshman Kenzie James for the first run of the game, and then junior Adrienne White singled home a run to make it 2-0.
Washington U. poured it on with five runs in the second to push the lead to 8-0. Senior Maggie Ingell and freshman Hannah Mehrle each drove in a pair of runs with a single. The Bears had four hits in the inning.
Washington U. 8, Blackburn 0 – Game Two
Senior Kelsey Neal (four innings, three hits) and sophomore Amanda Kalupa (three innings, two hits) tossed a combined shutout in game two. Neal picked up her eighth win of the season (8-4) while Kalupa recorded her first-career save.
The Bears got things going once again in the top of the first after White and Wilson had back-to-back singles to start the game. Neal drove in a run with a single to the pitcher, and then Mehrle doubled to left to make it 2-0.
WUSTL added an unearned run in the third to push the lead to 3-0, and then Caldwell singled through the left side in the fourth to make it a four-run game.
The Bears put the game out of reach with three runs on three hits in the sixth. Ingell drove in a run with a single to left, and then Neal recorded a sacrifice fly pushing the lead to 6-0. Mehrle doubled to left to add an insurance run.
Washington U. had 16 hits in game two, its highest output since recording 21 hits in an 18-0 win at Wesleyan College March 8. Taylor (3-for-4, two runs scored) and Mehrle (3-for-4, two RBIs) led the offensive attack for Washington U.
Ingell (2-for-3, two runs scored, RBI), Neal (2-for-3, two RBIs, run scored) White (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) and Wilson (2-for-5, two runs scored) also had multi-hit games for the Bears.
The 2014 NCAA Division III Selection Show is set for Monday, May 5, at 9 a.m. The Bears are seeking their 12th NCAA Tournament bid in school history.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Washington U. is 25-1 this season when scoring first … Ingell moved into first in school history in games played (175) and at bats (537) … The Bears finished regular-season play with a school-record 96 stolen bases and a .971 fielding percentage.