Flores’ Homerun Lifts WashU Past Wartburg

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo.,March 16, 2019 – Sophomore Julia Flores clubbed her first-career homerun in the third inning in a 6-4 victory for the Washington University in St. Louis softball team over Wartburg College in game two of the Schutt Invitational-I Saturday at the WU Softball Field. WashU lost the opener 5-1 to DePauw University.

DePauw defeated Wartburg in the first game of the tournament 7-5.

DePauw 5, WashU 1 – Game One
Freshman pitcher Madison Denton tossed her fourth-straight complete in the game one loss, but did not get much help from the offense. Denton (3-1) allowed 10 hits and five runs (three earned) with two strikeouts.

The game was tied until the seventh when the Tigers scored four runs on four hits and took advantage of a WashU error.

After being no-hit for the first three innings, junior Amy Walsh tripled off the center field wall to lead off the fourth. Walsh came around to score on an infield single by freshman Katie Gould.

WashU was limited to five hits and the Bears committed a pair of errors. Cami Henry (2-3) got the win for DePauw, striking out 12.

WashU 6, Wartburg 4 – Game Two
Flores, who entered the day with one hit on the season, went 2-for-3 with a homerun and three RBIs. Freshmen Kirsten Drabek (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Katie Gould (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games for WashU, who recorded 10 hits.

The Bears played from behind for the second-straight game after Sydney Illg hit a solo homerun in the first inning for Wartburg. Senior Josi Elder tied the contest in the bottom of the second with a two-out RBI single to left. Walsh drove in a run with a single to give the Bears the 2-1 lead.

After Wartburg tied the game in the second, senior Taylor Arends stole home with two outs in the third to get the lead back at 3-2. The Bears extended their lead to 6-2 in the third after Flores' two-out homerun. 

Sophomore Abby Graegin (1-2) picked up the first win of her career allowing five hits and one earned run in 4 2/3 innings pitched out of the bullpen. Graegin struck out six and walked three. Freshman Holly Stoner made the start and lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing three hits and three runs (two earned) with four walks. 

WashU (5-3) hosts the final day of The Schutt Invitational-I on Sunday, March 17, with a pair of games against Wartburg (1:15 p.m.) and DePauw (3:30 p.m.)

• Walsh's triple in game one was the 10th of her career, fourth most in school history
• Arends has started 128-consecutive games
• Walsh is one stolen base shy of entering WashU's top-10 list
• Arends has hit safely in 14-straight games dating back to last season