Sports updates March 19: Softball finishes second in UAA tourney

The No. 21 softball team posted a 4-4 record and tied for second at the 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship tournament held March 13-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Bears won three of their first four games of the tournament, including a 7-6 victory over No. 2 ranked Emory University March 14. WUSTL struggled in the second half losing three of four contests.

Senior Corissa Santos finished the eight-game tournament third in the five-team field in batting average (.467, 14-of-30). She also led the tournament field in hits (14), doubles (six) and total bases (24).

WUSTL (10-5, 4-4 UAA) begins an eight-game homestand Saturday, March 24, with a pair of games against Augustana College at 9:30 a.m. and Concordia University (Ill.) at Noon.

Baseball second in conference tournament

The baseball team won its first five games of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship tournament, before dropping its last three to finish in second place at the tournament, held March 12-17 in Sanford, Fla.

The WUSTL pitchers put together the best performance of the tournament, finishing with a team 1.64 ERA in the Bears’ eight games. Starting pitchers threw four complete games, including two by junior Stephen Bonser. He pitched a pair of complete games in the tournament, becoming the 13th pitcher in UAA tournament history to finish with a 0.00 ERA in at least nine innings of work. Bonser allowed just eight hits and recorded 11 strikeouts in 18 innings for the Bears.

The Bears begin an 11-game homestand by hosting Webster University at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

Women’s golf second at Phoenix Invitational

The No. 2 women’s golf team squandered a first-day lead to fall by seven strokes to No. 7 George Fox University at the Phoenix Invitational March 16-17 at the Westbrook Village Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz.

WUSTL held a one-shot lead after the opening round March 16, but George Fox fired a 299 on the second day on the par-71, 5,980-yard course to claim the team title with a final score of 595.
The Bears shot a 295 the first day then slipped to 307 March 17 to finish with a team score of 602.

Freshman Olivia Lugar took home second place honors with a two-day total of two-over 144 (71-73). George Fox’s Kelcey Morrison ran away with the individual title shooting a six-under 136 (69-67). Junior Hannah Buck (74-75, 149) and sophomore Andrea Hibbert (72-80, 152) also placed in the top-five with fourth and fifth places, respectively. Freshman Taylor Fagan (78-80, 158, eighth place) and sophomore Allyson Chee (84-79, 163, ninth place) rounded out the starting.

Also competing for the Bears were seniors Katie Homa (90-83, 173, 12th place) and Sarah Miller (96-88, 184, 13th place).

WUSTL returns to the Midwest to compete in the Northern Kentucky Spring Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at the Perry Park Golf Course in Perry Park, Ky.

Women’s tennis posts 4-1 record in California

The No. 14 women’s tennis team finished 4-1 in five matches against ranked teams last week in California. The only loss came to No. 12 Bowdoin College March 13. Junior Kate Klein and sophomore Corinne Rauck went 4-0 at No. 2 doubles matches on the week, picking up key wins against No. 28 Trinity University, No. 21 UC Santa Cruz, No. 12 Bowdoin and No. 29 University of Redlands.

Rauck, who went 1-0 at No. 6 singles, also teamed up with sophomore Theresa Petraskova to win at No. 2 doubles against No. 27 Chapman to finish the week 5-0 in doubles.

WUSTL has two weeks off before hosting NCAA Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis April 3.

Men’s tennis plays five in California

The No. 10 men’s tennis team posted a 2-3 record on its seven-day spring break trip to California.

WUSTL played four ranked teams while on the West Coast, and had victories over the University of Rochester (9-0) March 13 and No. 30 ranked Skidmore College (7-2) March 14. Junior Gary Parizher posted a perfect 7-0 record during the five-match stretch, including a 6-0 record in singles.

WUSTL (6-5) begins a three-match homestand against Wheaton College (Ill.) at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24

Swim team to host swim lessons in April

The varsity swimming team will begin its annual swim lesson program Tuesday, April 10. The 35-minute private or semi-private lessons will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 10-26 in the Millstone Pool.

There are two time slots available – 5-5:35 p.m. and 5:35-6:10 p.m. The fee for the lessons is $100 and is due on the first day of class.

To sign up or find out more information, contact assistant swim coach Nicole Kaupp with name, age and skill level at