Purchase, N.Y., April 19, 2019 – In a battle of a pair of top-ranked region teams in NCAA Division III, the Washington University in St. Louis softball team dropped a doubleheader Friday at New York University in Purchase, N.Y.
NYU scored four runs in the seventh for a 7-6 victory in game one, and then the Bears fell 5-3 in the second game.
NYU improved to 17-11 and 5-7 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with the sweep, while WashU fell to 13-13 and 4-6 in the conference.
New York 7, WashU 6 – Game One
Freshman Kirsten Drabek was 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, two runs scored and two RBIs in game one, while sophomore Natasha Ramakrishnan was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as WashU had eight hits
The middle of the lineup got things going for WashU in the opener after Drabek led off the second with a triple. She came around to score on a single to right by Ramakrishnan.
NYU scored two runs in the second, and then Drabek launched the first homerun of her career in the third to tie the contest.
WashU scored three runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. Drabek drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and then Ramakrishnan singled through the left side scoring senior Taylor Arends. Senior Josi Elder came up huge with a two-out RBI single down the left field line scoring senior Mikaela Arredondo.
The Bears added a run in the sixth on a solo home run by freshman Nicole Hay.
NYU scored four unearned runs in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run walk-off home run by Ashley Mains with two outs.
Freshman Madison Denton (7-6) suffered the loss allowing 10 hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched.
New York 5, WashU 3 – Game Two
Trailing 4-0 after five innings of play, the Bears cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the sixth. Arends doubled to right to drive in freshman Katie Gould, and then senior Josi Elder walked with the bases loaded.
The Violets added a tally in the sixth to make it 5-2. Arends drove in a run with an RBI double in the seventh to round out the scoring.
Arends went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs as WashU had seven hits in the loss.
Freshman Holly Stoner (3-1) suffered the loss allowing seven hits and four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
WashU closes out a four-game series at NYU on Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. (ET).
• WashU leads the all-time series with NYU 10-4
• NYU is ranked No. 1 in the East, while WashU is No. 1 in the Midwest
• Elder's bases loaded walk in game two was the 47th of her career, ninth in school history
• Arends moved into eighth in school history in runs (121) and 10th in RBI (110)