Sports update March 29

Softball extends winning streak to seven

The No. 18 softball team extended its winning streak with a pair of doubleheader sweeps — at Millikin University March 24 and at home against Illinois Wesleyan University March 27.

Junior pitcher Claire Voris recorded 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory in nine innings in the first game over Millikin, and then Washington University pounded out 13 hits in a 7-1 win in the nightcap. Senior Ashton Hitchcock went 3-for-6 with five RBIs in the doubleheader sweep over Illinois Wesleyan. The Bears won the first game 2-0, and then posted a 5-1 victory in the second.

WUSTL (18-4) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, with four games at the Hy-Vee Classic in Grinnell, Iowa. The Bears take on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 11 a.m. Friday and then host Grinnell College at 3 p.m., followed by games on Saturday against Graceland University at 11 a.m. and Macalester College at 3 p.m.

All four games will be broadcast live at

Women’s tennis improves to 6-3

The No. 14 women’s tennis team picked up its third consecutive victory with a 7-2 win over NAIA Lindenwood University March 24 at the Tao Tennis Center.

The Bears took early command of the match with three convincing doubles victories and went on to take the top four singles contests against the Lions.

Freshman Kate Klein earned a win at No. 1 singles and teamed with Karina Kocembar to record a win at No. 1 doubles against Lindenwood.

The Bears (6-3) return to action 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, hosting Missouri Baptist University at the Tao Tennis Center.

Baseball plays rare tripleheader March 27

The baseball team played seven of 12 scheduled games last week and managed to post a 5-2 record in those contests. The original schedule was altered because of heavy rain March 25, forcing the cancellation of two doubleheaders.

To begin the week, the Bears split two games at Illinois College March 23, before bouncing back to sweep a doubleheader with Millikin at home March 24. The team was scheduled to meet the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in back-to-back doubleheaders on March 26 and 27, but wet field conditions forced a tripleheader March 27 and the Bears came away winning two of three that day.

WUSTL picked up a 1-0 win in game one behind a stellar pitching performance from senior Jeremy Rogoff, who improved to 5-1 on the year. The Bears lost the second game, 9-3, but came from behind with seven runs over the last two innings to take the rubber match, 10-7.

The team (14-8) returns to action on Friday, April 2, facing Beloit College in a doubleheader at a neutral field in Bloomington, Ill.

Track and field hosts WU Mini Meet

The women’s outdoor track and field team finished first while the men came in second out of five at the Washington University Mini Meet March 26 at Bushyhead Track.

The WUSTL women tallied a team score of 185 points, grabbing first place in four events, while the men’s squad claimed the top spot in four events for a final total of 174.50. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville won the men’s competition overall with a score of 244.

For the women, freshman Jennifer Ibe placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.32), senior Hana Damore had a first-place distance of 42.73 in the hammer throw, junior Jessica Londeree came in first in the 1,500-meter run (4:44.93) and junior Sangeeta Hardy posted a first-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:17.63).

The men’s team saw first-place performances in three individual races and one relay. Sophomore Tyler Jackson won the 400-meter hurdles (57.46), and teamed with senior Alex Molinari, junior Tom Gulyas and sophomore Kevin Privalle in the first-place run of the 1,600-meter relay (3:20.19). Junior Dave Spandorfer won the men’s 1,500 (3:58.52) and graduate student Pierre Hoppenot took first in the 200-meter dash (22.55).

Both teams return to action Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, for the Washington University Invitational at Bushyhead Track.

The multi-events and distance carnival will take place on Friday, April 2, with the remaining track and field events to follow on Saturday, April 3.

No. 5 Women’s Golf 15th at NKU Spring Fling

The No. 5-ranked women’s golf team fired a 36-hole score of 674 (346-328) to finish 15th at the 2010 Northern Kentucky University Spring Fling held at Perry Park Golf Course on March 27 and 28 in Perry Park, Ky.

Freshman Hannah Buck was the top individual finisher, firing a two-day score of 159 (80-79) to finish tied for 27th place. 

Also competing for the Bears was senior Kristina Zeschin (88-83, 171, T-68th), junior Kathleen Pettinato (88-84, 172, T-75th), freshman Melanie Walsh (90-83, 173, T-81st), sophomore Katie Homa (93-83, 176, T-89th) and sophomore Sarah Miller (87-90, 177, T-92nd).

WUSTL will have a week off before returning to action April 9 and 10 at the McKendree Spring Invitational held at Cardinal Creek Golf Club in Scott AFB, Ill.

Nancy Fahey and Janice Evans earn national honors by DIII News

Women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey and senior forward Janice Evans each earned DIII News postseason accolades, as announced by the publication.

Fahey was tabbed as the DIII News National Coach of the Year while Evans garnered third-team All-America honors.

Fahey guided WUSTL to the program’s fifth national championship and a 29-2 overall record. Evans is the university’s first All-America since 2006, when Kelly Manning claimed the recognition from three different sources.

Evans started in all 31 games this season and averaged 10.1 points and six rebounds per game. She shot 44.7 percent from the field and a team-best 69 percent from the free-throw line.

During the NCAA title run, Evans scored in double figures in four games, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, shooting 49 percent from the field.