Softball team heads to College World Series for first time ever

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.