Baseball team wins two of three games

The baseball team improved to 13-7 with two wins in three games. Washington U. saw a 6-1 lead slip through its fingers in an 8-7 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) March 29, but the Red and Green rallied to beat the Pioneers, 5-3, in the first of two games the following day. The second game saw an 8-5 victory over Fontbonne University. In the first game against Platteville, the Bears jumped to the 6-1 lead with three runs in the first and third innings. UWP tied it before the Bears pulled back ahead, 7-6, in the bottom of the sixth. WUSTL’s fourth error of the game, a balked-in run and an RBI single allowed the visitors to pull out the victory. Ramos Mays and Mark Pydynowski each collected two hits, with Ryan Argo adding two RBIs. On March 30, left-hander Josh Deitch made sure there was no such rally as he tossed a complete-game win, scattering five hits while striking out four. Platteville actually led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the third, but two runs in the third and another in the fourth were the difference.

Alex Cucuru
Bears sophomore Alex Cucuru delivers a pitch in action earlier this year. Cucuru is proving adept at both starting and coming out of the bullpen, as he has recorded both a win and a save in two starts and three relief appearances for the 14-8 Bears. — Photo by Mary Butkus

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The No. 10 women’s tennis team moved to 8-2 by defeating NAIA Graceland College, 9-0, March 29 at the Tao Tennis Center. WUSTL 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. Rathi Mani and Zwick won at No. 1 doubles, followed by victories from Steph and Kacie Cook (No. 2) and Stein and Greenberg (No. 3).

The men’s tennis team won its third straight match with a 6-1 win over Graceland College March 29. The Bears (6-3) dropped the doubles point, but managed to win all six singles matches in straight sets.

The softball team improved to 17-4 after posting a 2-2 record in the 3rd Annual Washington University Region Invitational. The three-day event was cut to two days after rain canceled 13 games on day one. Washington U. trailed St. Mary’s University, 6-0, after three innings of play, but the Bears responded with 10 runs in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 13-9 victory. In game two on March 29, the Bears dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 22 Coe College. The next day, WUSTL suffered a tough 1-0 loss in eight innings to Simpson College, but rebounded to upset undefeated Central College, 2-1, in nine innings in the tournament finale. Kristen Harrer had a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Amanda Roberts with the winner.