The No. 11 men’s tennis team advanced to the national quarterfinals for the second time in school history by defeating No. 15 Kenyon College, 5-0, May 4 in the NCAA Tournament second round, at the Vetta Sports Club. WUSTL will now have a week off before traveling to the quarterfinals, May 14-16, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Washington U. (14-5) took the early lead by taking all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. Freshmen Neil Kenner and Ari Rosenthal improved to 17-2 as they rolled in No. 1 doubles, 8-4. In singles, the Bears won all four matches that were completed.
The baseball team wrapped up another successful campaign as the Bears went 3-3 last week to finish the regular season 23-16. WUSTL swept a doubleheader from Webster University, 5-2 and 10-4, April 29 before Greenville College turned the trick on the Bears, winning 12-1 and 1-0 May 2. The Bears then closed it out by splitting a doubleheader with the University of Dallas on May 3.
The women’s tennis team saw its 2002-03 season come to and end as the Bears (17-5) were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament with a 6-3 loss at DePauw University in the second round May 3 in Greencastle, Ind. WUSTL, ranked ninth and making its fourth straight tournament appearance, rolled past Denison University, 7-2, in the first round May 3 to set up a battle with No. 6 DePauw.
Softball teammakes NCAA tourney
The 17th-ranked softball team will make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Bears earned an at-large bid to the tournament. The Bears will play in the five-team Central Regional May 9-11 at Illinois Wesleyan University. The Bears are the No. 3 seed and will take on the University of Chicago, the No. 2 seed, in today’s first round. No. 4 Fontbonne University plays No. 5 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening game, with the winner taking on top-seeded Illinois Wesleyan.
The No. 17 softball team concluded the regular season with a split against Webster University May 3 at the WUSTL Softball Field. The Bears dropped Game 1, 1-0, then won the finale, 3-1. Sophomore Victoria Ramsey picked up the loss in the opener as she fell to 13-4 on the season. The teams managed just five hits total in game one, but a costly error in the top of the fourth hurt the Bears. The Bears loaded the bases in the first and the third innings but could not muster a run. WUSTL left 12 runners on base. Senior Liz Smith pitched a complete game shutout in game two as the Bears won their 30th game. Smith was terrific in her final home game as she allowed three hits and one unearned run. Sophomore Liz Swary provided all the offense for the Bears as she had all three RBIs. The game marked the last home game for three seniors: Smith, Kristen Harrer and Elissa Beckman. The group began the softball program at Washington U. in 2000 and compiled an overall record of 98-58 in four seasons, including one UAA title in 2000 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002.