The No. 13 softball team is headed to the College World Series for the first time in school history after defeating No. 17 Wartburg College, 2-0, at the 2007 NCAA Regional May 13 in Decorah, Iowa.
Washington U. (32-5), which won its 22nd straight game, will take on No. 23 Plattsburgh State at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.
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In defeating Wartburg, senior Laurel Sagartz threw her fourth complete game of the regional, allowing six hits while striking out 10. Freshman Ashton Hitchcock was 2 for 3 with two RBI, while junior Laura D’Andrea added two hits in the victory.
D’Andrea and freshman Carter Malouf joined Sagartz on the All-Tournament Team.
Baseball returns to NCAA Tournament
For the third straight season, the baseball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears — who made previous NCAA appearances in 1982, 1983, 1992, 2005 and 2006 — will play in the NCAA Central Region Championship, which runs through May 20 in Bloomington, Ill.
WUSTL (30-9) earned an at-large bid to the tournament and is seeded No. 4. The Bears played No. 3-seed Carthage College (32-11) May 16, after the Record went to press.
Washington U. won seven of its final eight games to secure its third straight 30-win season. The Central Regional is a double-elimination tournament, with the winner advancing to the College World Series May 25-29 in Appleton, Wis.
Track and field adds more NCAA marks
The track and field team continued its strong performance May 10-11 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Ill.
In the 5,000-meter run, junior Tricia Frisella posted an NCAA provisional time of 17:33.58. Classmate Tyler Mulkin turned in a similar performance in the 10,000 meters, provisionally qualifying in 36:56.47.
On the men’s side, junior Jesse McDaniel just missed a provisional mark in the 5,000 at 14:52.38. In the field events, freshman Keith England set a school record in the javelin with an NCAA provisional throw of 58.39 meters (191-7).
Sophomore Liat Rome broke the school record in the discus (40.99m), while senior Delaina Martin improved her provisional standing in the hammer throw with a season-best mark of 49.10m.