Sports update April 16: Men’s tennis wins sixth straight match

The No. 17 men’s tennis team ran its winning streak to six matches with a pair of wins over No. 21 Case Western Reserve University and No. 30 University of Chicago April 14 and 15 in Chicago.

WUSTL rallied from a 0-3 deficit against Case April 14, winning five-straight singles matches. It marked the first time since May 6, 2007, that the team had won a match after being swept in doubles.

The Bears followed that up with a 7-2 win over Chicago in their final road match of the season. Junior Adam Putterman went 3-1 on the week, and improved his overall record to 42-9. Putterman is just three wins shy of 100 for his career.

WUSTL (12-5) hosts No. 30 DePauw University Saturday, April 21, in its final regular season match. Doubles play is schedule to begin at 1 p.m.

Softball sweeps doubleheaders

The softball team remained in the hunt for an NCAA playoff bid with a pair of doubleheader sweeps at Principia College April 10 and Webster University April 15.

The Bears won game one 15-0 in five innings at Principia, and then posted a 10-2 victory in five innings in the nightcap.

A pair of impressive pitching performances by senior Olivia Cook and sophomore Kelsey Neal led the team to a pair of shutout victories (4-0, 6-0) April 15 at Webster.

Cook (11-6) allowed three hits and struck out one in a 4-0 victory in game one. The victory for Cook was the 41st of her career, while the shutout was her 11th, tied for fourth most in school history. Neal (8-3) followed suit with a three-hit shutout in the 6-0 win in game two. She struck out three and did not walk a batter as she tossed her first-career shutout.

The softball team (22-10) begins a four-game homestand against Millikin University at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

Track team has strong performances at SLU invitational

Senior Erica Jackey set a school record to highlight several strong performances by the men’s and women’s track & field teams at the Saint Louis University Invitational April 13-14.

Jackey ran the fastest time in Division III this season (4:27.73) to break the previous school record by .37 of a second and finish as the runner-up in the event. She also finished second in the 800 with the sixth-fastest time in Division III this season (2:12.34).

Senior Elizabeth Phillips finished third behind Jackey in both races with the third- (4:31.72-1,500) and seventh-fastest (2:13.06-800) times on the Division III performance list.

Freshman Nicholas Alaniva (men’s pole vault), senior Michael Burnstein (men’s 5,000), sophomore Anna Etherington (women’s pole vault), and senior Molly Wawrzyniak (women’s 3,000 steeplechase) all won individual titles at the meet.

Overall, WUSTL had nine performances that rank in the top 20 of their respective events on the Division III list this season.

Women’s tennis wins two of three

Fresh off receiving its highest ranking in the past seven years, the No. 11women’s tennis team won two of three matches last week.

The Bears swept McKendree University, 9-0, April 11. Over the weekend, WUSTL earned a 5-2 win over Case Western Reserve University April 14 before falling to No. 6 University of Chicago, 8-1, April 15.

In the win over Case Western, senior Natalie Tingir edged closer to joining the 100-win club by picking up her 93rd career victory. The win over the Spartans also marked No. 99 for head coach Kelly Stahlhuth in her seventh season at WUSTL.

Stahlhuth will look for her 100th career win when the Bears host Webster University at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Women’s golf finishes sixth at IWU Spring Fling

The No. 2 women’s golf team placed sixth at the Illinois Wesleyan University Spring Fling April 14 and 15 at the Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, Ill. WUSTL fired a 36-hole score of 663 (324-339).

No. 3 DePauw University led from start to finish and won the team title with a two-day total of 634 (306-328).

Junior Hannah Buck took a one-stroke lead into the final round on Sunday, but her 85 on day two moved her into a tie for third place with a 159 (74-85).

DePauw’s Taylor Beaty ran away with the individual title by four strokes after a two-day total of 152 (77-75).

WUSTL freshman Olivia Lugar rebounded from an opening round 81 to fire an 80 on day two to tie for 11th place with a two-day total of 161. Sophomore Andrea Hibbert tied for 31st place with a 169 (83-86) and sophomore Allyson Chee tied for 56th place (89-88, 177). Freshman Taylor Fagan fired an 86 on day one and played 11 holes on Sunday before suffering an injury.

WUSTL concludes regular-season play at the University of Illinois-Springfield Shootout Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, in Springfield, Ill.

Baseball preps for big week

After a week off, the No. 24 baseball team is gearing up for six big games this week, beginning with a 7 p.m. contest against Webster University at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., Tuesday, April 17.

The Bears travel to Greenville College Friday, April 20, before hosting a four-game series against University of Chicago Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

WUSTL will honor its three seniors – Michael Fletcher, Kevin Paule and Brandon Rogalski – during the April 22 doubleheader against Chicago for Senior Day.