Softball team ties school-wins mark

The No. 14 softball team tied a school record for wins as the Bears improved to 24-5 with two doubleheader sweeps last week. Sophomore Victoria Ramsey threw a one-hitter in Game 1 and freshman Ashley Johnson threw a two-hitter in Game 2 as the Bears swept Blackburn College April 10. Ramsey allowed just a third-inning single in leading the Bears to the 3-0 win — her second straight one-hitter. In the nightcap, Johnson set a school record with 11 strikeouts as she threw no-hit ball for five innings before allowing a leadoff single in the sixth. The Bears cruised 4-0. Two days later, WUSTL swept MacMurray College, 2-1 and 4-0. Ramsey improved to 11-2 in the opener, while Liz Smith won the second game and is unbeaten at 5-0.

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The baseball team (18-8) won its fourth straight April 9 with a 10-3 win at Westminster College. Steve Schmidt recorded his second straight complete-game win. He allowed 13 hits, but gave up just single runs in the third, fifth and ninth innings as he improved to 4-0. He also was hot at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs, a home run and a stolen base. The Bears got three runs each in the second, fifth and eighth and added another in the ninth. Joe Kelly also went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Ramos Mays and Alan Germano each collected a pair of RBIs.

The women’s tennis team finished third at the Midwest Invitational in Madison, Wis., April 11-12. The Bears, ranked ninth in the latest ITA Division III national rankings, rolled past No. 20 Kenyon College, 8-1, in the first round. Kenyon picked up a win in the final singles match to avoid the sweep. The Bears were beaten by No. 5 Gustavus Adolphus, 7-2, but rebounded for an 8-1 win over No. 12 Denison in the third-place match. Junior Laura Greenberg pushed her career record to 99-11 with a 5-1 week, going 2-1 at No. 4 singles and teaming with Jenny Stein to go 3-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The No. 7 men’s tennis team improved to 8-4 with a 7-0 win over University Athletic Association foe New York University April 12. The Bears won every match in straight sets.