Baseball regular season ends with no-hitter
The baseball team capped off its regular season with a handful of team and individual milestones.
The Bears wrapped up the season playing a school-record 46 games and posted a 4-1 mark in five contests last week. In the final game of the season May 1, sophomore Stephen Bonser threw a no-hitter, striking out nine batters in an 8-0 win over Fontbonne University.
If not for a dropped pop-fly in the top of the sixth inning, Bonser’s outing would have been a perfect game. He improved to 6-1 on the year with a 3.33 earned run average.
The Bears also beat Fontbonne 4-0 earlier in the day, with senior Adam Merzel throwing a four-hit shutout, the first of his career. Offensively, junior Brandon Rogalski capped off an impressive week by setting new school single-season hit and RBI records.
In five games Rogalski hit .600 while slugging 1.300 with 16 RBIs, 10 runs scored and three home runs. He finished the year with 60 RBIs and 74 hits.
The Bears (29-17) are ranked sixth in the NCAA Central Region and will find out if they receive an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III tournament Monday, May 16.
Track competes at Illinois College
The women’s outdoor track and field team finished in first place out of 13 schools to win the Illinois College True Blue Invitational team title with 137 points while the men’s team placed fifth out of 14 squads with a team score of 67 points April 30 in Jacksonville, Ill.
Junior Dan Davis won the 110-hurdles with a time of 14.20, and junior Tyler Jackson came in second with a mark of 14.40.
Junior Amanda Matheson won the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.27 and freshman Shannon Howell came in first in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:03.59.
The Bears also posted first-place performances in three field events with freshman Jasmine Williams winning the high jump (1.60 meters), freshman Anna Etherington clearing 3.43 meters to take the pole vault, and sophomore Anne Diaz-Arrastia leaping 10.92 meters in the triple jump.
Other top performers on the men’s side came from senior Chris Malaya, who won the 400-meter dash (48.80) and senior Scott Pettit, who cleared 4.35 meters to take first in the pole vault.
Both teams return to action Saturday, May 7, for the Monmouth College Invitational in Monmouth, Ill.
Softball splits two doubleheaders
The softball team split a pair of doubleheaders with Fontbonne University and No. 18 DePauw University last week to drop its overall record 29-10-1.
WUSTL won game one against Fontbonne April 29, 10-2 in five innings, and then dropped the finale, 6-5. Freshman Maggie Mullen went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and a career-high six RBIS in the first victory.
The next day, April 30, the Bears split at DePauw. Sophomore Sondra Polonsky went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs in an 8-7 victory in the second game over DePauw.
The Bears suffered an 8-2 loss in the opener. Polonsky, who entered the day with one home run in 63 career games, had a solo shot in the second and then a two-run home run in the seventh. She is hitting .409 this season with three home runs and 30 RBIs.
WUSTL play its final regular season games at home, a doubleheader against Greenville College set to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the WU Softball Field.