Softball team ends year with 33-5 mark

The No. 2 softball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division III Tournament in a 4-3 loss to No. 3 Central College in the loser’s bracket of the Midwest Regional May 9 in Pella, Iowa.

Central freshman Stef Miller recorded her first hit in four postseason games, a grand slam to left field in the top of the fifth inning, as Central advanced to the championship game against No. 1 University of St. Thomas.

The Bears and Dutch also met May 7 on the first day of the regional, when Central recorded a 3-0 win. WUSTL responded May 8 with a pair of wins against Maryville Univer-sity and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The Bears defeated the Saints in the first game Saturday, 6-4, then edged UW-Superior, 1-0, when sophomore Stephanie Sheppard connected on an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

WUSTL finished the season with a school-record 33-5 mark.

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The baseball team swept Greenville College in a doubleheader May 4 at Kelly Field. The Bears took Game 1, 10-5, behind senior Steve Schmidt’s seventh complete game. Sophomore Ryan Corning sparked the Bears’ offense in a 19-4 win in Game 2, posting five RBIs and three runs scored. Schmidt allowed just five hits and struck out five while giving up two earned runs. He also went 1 for 3 at the plate and scored a run, closing the season with a .408 batting average and a 4.41 ERA.

The Bears scored early and often in Game 2, and senior Adam Cowley pitched five strong innings for the win. After Greenville errors allowed two unearned runs in the first, the Bears added another four in the second. Washington U. extended its lead to 15-0 in the fourth. The teams traded four-run innings in the top of the fifth and the bottom of the sixth to round out the scoring. Cowley gave up five hits and four runs and struck out six batters in the final game of his career.

Washington U.’s 18-17 overall record gives it a winning mark for the sixth consecutive season.

The track and field team competed at the Billy Hayes Invitational May 8-9 in Bloomington, Ind. Though no team scores were kept, WUSTL turned in a number of impressive individual performances, highlighted by junior Lance Moen’s showing in the 400-meter run. Moen clocked a school- and University Athletic Association-best time of 48.35. Moreover, the time provisionally qualified him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are slated for May 27-29 at Millikin University.

On the women’s side, junior Hallie Hutchens continued her progress in the hurdles. Hutchens posted a time of 14.64 in the 100-meter event, matching her season-best time that she recorded at the UAA Championships in late April. Sophomore Andrea Moreland also registered a season-best time in the 800 with a mark of 2:17.48, while senior Lindsey Clark-Ryan placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 11.15 meters (36 feet, 7 inches).

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