Sports update March 1

Softball opens season with sweep in Memphis

The No. 7 softball team opened the season with a pair of victories Feb. 27 at the Rhodes College Chick-Fil-A Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

The Bears defeated Hendrix College, 7-4, in the first game, and host Rhodes College, 12-9, in eight innings in the nightcap. Junior Claire Voris picked up the win against Hendrix, allowing four runs in six innings pitched. Senior Megan Fieser went 3-for-4 in the victory, while senior Ashton Hitchcock was 2-for-4 with a home run.

The Bears pounded out 12 hits in the extra inning victory over Rhodes. Hitchcock provided the offense for the second straight game, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while sophomore Alyssa Abramoski was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Sophomore Olivia Cook tossed the first five innings allowing four unearned runs against Rhodes, and then reentered in the eighth inning to pick up the win.

WUSTL (2-0) begins a nine-day trip to Florida with a pair of games at the NTC Games in Clermont, Fla., Saturday, March 6. The Bears take on John Carroll University at 9:30 a.m. (ET) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Men’s tennis claims seven titles at Principia Invite

Freshman Gary Parizher captured the No. 1 singles flight and teamed with junior David Zhu to win the No. 3 doubles flight to highlight the No. 3 men’s tennis team at the Principia College Invitational II Feb. 26-27 in Elsah, Ill.

WUSTL captured four of seven singles flights at the two-day tournament. Joining Parizher as singles flight winners were: Zhu (No. 5), senior Corey Yealy (No. 6) and freshman Seth Sankary (No. 7).

The Bears swept doubles play by winning all three flights – sophomores Cameron Chiang and Dushyanth Srinivasan (No. 1), Sankary and Yealy (No. 2) and Parizher and Zhu (No. 3).

WUSTL (4-2) begins a seven-day road trip at the University of the South on Saturday, March 6, in Sewanee, Tenn.

Baseball wins two last weekend

The baseball team split a season-opening doubleheader with Coe College and came from behind to defeat Fontbonne University, 6-5, to begin its season with a 2-1 record last weekend at Kelly Field.

Senior Jeremy Rogoff threw five innings, allowing just one unearned run with four strikeouts in the season-opening 3-1 win over Coe Feb. 27. The Bears dropped the second game with Coe, 8-0.

WUSTL trailed Fontbonne 5-1 heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning Feb. 28, but the Bears scored five runs that inning, capped off by a two-run RBI single to center field from junior Miguel Davis to come back and pick up a 6-5 win.

Junior H.T. Flanagan earned the victory following four innings of scoreless relief work. He struck out six batters without yielding a base hit.

Swimming and diving second at Midwest Invitational

The men’s and women’s swimming teams both finished in second place at the University of Chicago Midwest Invitational Feb. 26-27.

Sophomore Karina Stridh shined for the women’s squad while senior Dan Arteaga paced the men’s team. Stridh finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B” cut performance of 24.39, and also placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 58.20 which tied her 2010 season-best performance.

Arteaga won three individual events. He placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.63), the 100-yard freestyle (46.59) and the 100-yard butterfly (51.89).

Both teams will be back in action for the 2010 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s championship meet March 17-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis.