Washington University’s 12th-ranked softball team posted a 3-0 record at the St. Louis Invitational on Saturday at the WU Softball Field. Washington U. opened the day with a 5-1 win over Maryville University, and then posted a 4-0 win over College of St. Scholastica and a 12-3 victory in five innings over Fontbonne University in the nightcap.
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Senior pitcher Kaylyn Eash picked up her first win of the year (1-3) on the mound against Maryville, allowing three hits and one earned run. Eash retired the first nine batters of the game, and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.
After a scoreless four innings, Washington U. scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth on five hits and two walks. Junior Kerry Kreitman and sophomore Ally Berenter each recorded an RBI in the inning on a walk with the bases loaded to make it 2-0.
Senior Amy Vukovich then delivered the biggest hit of the game, as she singled to centerfield scoring two to extend the lead to 4-0. Sophomore Carter Malouf followed with an RBI double scoring Berenter to round out the scoring.
Stander and senior Laura D’Andrea each had two hits for the Bears, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington U. had nine hits in the victory over Maryville, which dropped to 11-10 with the loss.
Freshman Claire Voris threw a four-hit shutout in the victory against St. Scholastica, allowing four hits while striking out eight. Voris improved to 11-1 on the mound, and dropped her season ERA to 2.00. WU, which picked up its first victory over St. Scholastica in school history after four previous defeats, recorded six hits. Mary Jo McNamee took the loss for St. Scholastica (1-12), allowing six hits and one earned run.
The Bears capitalized on two errors by St. Scholastica to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Two runs scored in the first after Vukovich reached on an error by the third baseman Brenna Zavodnik. In the fifth, WU added another unearned run after Zavodnik committed her second error of the game. The Bears added an insurance run in the sixth inning as Malouf drove in Vukovich with a single.
Washington U. jumped out in front of Fontbonne with two runs in the first inning after Vukovich doubled to right field scoring Kreitman and Berenter. Fontbonne (4-10) scored a run in the second, but Eash’s two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning pushed the lead to 4-1. The home run for Eash was her team-leading third of the season, and 12th of her career.
An RBI double by D’Andrea and a two-run single by sophomore Ashton Hitchcock in the bottom of the third pushed the Washington U. lead to 7-1. The Bears added five more runs in the fourth, highlighted by RBI’s from Berenter, Vukovich and Hitchcock. D’Andrea was 3-for-3 in the win, while Hitchcock was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Fieser picked up the win on the mound allowing six hits and three earned runs in four innings pitched. She is 6-0 on the mound with a 3.00 earned run average in her first season in the circle for the Red and Green.