Softball team wins four, moves to 15-2

Sophomore softball player Liz Swary
Sophomore Liz Swary swings at a pitch in action earlier this year. Through 17 games, Swary led the Bears with a .545 average, five home runs and 30 RBIs. — Photo by Mary Butkus

The softball team picked up four wins March 22-23 in the Marriott Fastpitch Invitational to improve to 15-2. On March 23, junior Lorri Fehlker pitched the final two innings for the save as the Bears upset 11th-ranked East Texas Baptist University 4-2 in game one, then pitched a complete game in a 3-1 win over Upper Iowa University in game two. Freshmen Ashley Gaia led the Bears with two hits and a run scored. Fehlker gave up eight hits and allowed just one earned run, her first of the season, in the 3-1 win over Upper Iowa in game two. Fehlker’s streak of 25 2/3 scoreless innings came to an end in the bottom of the sixth when pinch hitter Amber Brown singled up the middle. Gaia led the Bears in game two with two hits and a run scored as WUSTL had just five hits for the second straight game. The day before, the Bears defeated Loras College 2-1 in the first game and then short-gamed Cornell College 8-0 in six innings. Sophomore Liz Swary finished the game 2 for 4, while freshmen Amana Roberts and Dionna Little were each 2 for 3. Smith pitched the complete game allowing seven hits while striking out seven.

Other updatesThe men’s swimming and diving team recorded its highest finish in school history as the Bears placed 10th at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships March 21-23 at Emory University in Atlanta. The Bears finished with 124 points, which tied Kalamazoo College for 10th place. Senior Matt Johnson placed sixth in the 100 freestyle as he shattered the school record by .74 seconds with a time of 45.94. Freshman Eric Triebe also earned all-America honors as he had an eighth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.79.

The baseball team pushed its record to 11-6 despite finishing the week on a three-game losing skid. The Bears had their six-game winning streak snapped with an 11-8 loss to Westminster College March 18. They rebounded with a 7-5, last-inning win over Eureka College March 21 and downed Simpson College in the first of two on March 22, but WUSTL suffered a 10-6 loss to Illinois Wesleyan later that day and absorbed 7-4 and 11-8 defeats to the same two teams the following day.

The No. 10 women’s tennis team moved to 7-2 as the Bears downed Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis 9-0 on March 20. Washington U. won all six singles matches in straight sets and posted convincing wins in all three doubles matches. Jenny Stein, Steph and Kacie Cook, Laura Greenberg, Lauren Zwick and Jen Kivitz all were singles winners.

The No. 8 men’s tennis team swept all six singles flights and all three doubles en route to the team championship at the 2003 Kerry Seward Tournament hosted by Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. March 22-23. The Bears finished with 108 points, which was 59 points more than second-place Wittenberg University.