No. 17 WashU Hosts Webster in Season Opener Sunday

No. 17 WashU Hosts Webster in Season Opener Sunday

Webster (0-0) at No. 17 WashU (0-0)
Sunday, March 4 - Noon/2 p.m. (CT) – St. Louis, Mo.

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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 17-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team opens the 2018 season at home on Sunday, March 4, against Webster University. The doubleheader will begin at Noon and will be broadcast live on the WashU Sports Network.

2017 RECAP – WashU returns six starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's squad that posted a 27-14 record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Bears also won their 10th University Athletic Association (UAA) title.

MCKEE EARNS PRESEASON HONOR – Senior pitcher Anna McKee was selected as a 2018 Preseason Honorable-Mention All-America by Fastpitch News. McKee, the 2017 UAA Pitcher of the Year, posted a 17-4 record with a 1.70 earned run average with six shutouts and 16 complete games. She also earned first-team all-UAA and second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region honors, and was named to the NCAA Division III Pella, Iowa Regional All-Tournament Team.

COFFMAN AND SAGARTZ ADDED TO STAFF – Head coach Michelle Venturella has announced the addition of Dan Coffman and Laurel Sagartz to the Bears' coaching staff for the 2018 season. Coffman joins the staff with nine years of coaching experience, including stops at William Jewell College (2010-11) and University of Missouri (2011-14). Sagartz, a four-time All-American at WashU, spent the last year as pitching coach at Lindenwood University Belleville.

BEARS CAPTURE 2017 UAA TITLE  – WashU won seven of its last eight conference games to capture the 2017 UAA Championship with an 11-5 mark. The Bears have a 115-41 (.737) all-time mark in conference play with 10 UAA titles - 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017.

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE – WashU's 2017 strength of schedule ranked 15th out of 414 teams in Division III. The Bears past opposition had a .614 winning percentage (884-556).

LIVE COVERAGE – All home games will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website –