Sports update April 2: Baseball wins 20th game

The baseball team swept a three-game series against St. Norbert College over the weekend to improve to 20-6 on the season.

The Bears won a pair of hard-fought games March 31, 3-2 and 8-6, before earning the series sweep with a 25-13 win April 1.

In the rubber game of the series April 1, WUSTL and St. Norbert combined for 41 hits and 15 errors in a contest that lasted more than three hours before the Bears finished with the 25-13 win. WUSTL scored 13 unearned runs in the game, and 12 different players for the Bears recorded hits.

Sophomore Kyle Billig finished 4-for-5 with five runs and two RBIs, while Rogalski was 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs to lead the Bears to the win.

WUSTL continues its 12-game homestand by hosting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. The Bears will then shost Hendrix College for a three-game series April 6 and 7 at Kelly Field.

Softball wins two of three at home

The softball team was involved in a pair of one-run games in a doubleheader split with Fontbonne University April 1 at the WU Softball Field.

The Bears held on for a 5-4 win in the first game before suffering a 7-6 defeat in the nightcap. Senior Olivia Cook picked up the win on the mound, tossing a complete game allowing nine hits and four earned runs. She struck out three and walked two in en route to her 37th victory of her career. Sophomore Kelsey Neal was 2-for-3 with an RBI and reached based three times.

Neal made the start in the second game, allowing nine hits and six runs (one earned) in six innings pitched. Cook (7-4) took the loss allowing one hit and one earned run in seventh inning. Each team had 10 hits, while Fontbonne did not commit an error. Cook (2-for-3, two RBIs, two runs scored), junior Sondra Polonsky (2-for-4, two RBIs) and senior Corissa Santos (2-for-3) each had a pair of hits in the loss.

WUSTL also posted a 4-0 win over Harris-Stowe March 31. Game Two of the doubleheader was cancelled. The Bears (15-7) take on No. 7 Central College in a doubleheader Thursday, April 5, in Pella, Iowa.

Men’s tennis sweeps Illinois Wesleyan

The No. 11 men’s tennis team posted its second consecutive sweep with a 9-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University March 31 afternoon at the Tao Tennis Center.

Junior Adam Putterman posted a pair of victories in the win, and picked up the 90th overall victory of his career. He is nine shy of 100 for his career. WUSTL (8-5) has a week off before hosting NCAA Division II McKendree University ata 3 p.m. Friday, April 6.

Track & Field hosts Washington University Invitational

The women’s track & field team finished third out of 28 teams, and the men placed fourth out of 32 teams in the Washington University Invitational March 31 and April 1 at Bushyhead Track.

Six athletes posted performances that rank in the top-3 in school history of their respective events during the meet. Sophomore Anna Etherington and freshman Lucy Cheadle each won individual titles.

Etherington won the women’s pole vault with the second-best clearance in school history (3.75 meters), while Cheadle won the women’s 5,000 meter run with the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season (17:10.23).

Sophomore Kevin Sparks was one of four event runners-up for the men. He placed second in the 10,000 with the third-fastest time in school history (30:31.88).

In the women’s javelin, freshman Melissa Gilkey (38.94m) and senior Alison Andrews (35.44m) both improved on their career-best marks to finish third and fourth with the second- and third-best marks in school history, respectively.

Junior Lauren Mardis scored 3,132 points in the women’s heptathlon, which ranks third all-time in WU history.

The track & field teams will host their third outdoor meet of the season, the Washington University Select Meet, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7.

Women’s golf ties for first at WU Spring Invitational

The No. 2 women’s golf team fired a two-day total score of 611 (304-307) to tie for first place at the inaugural Washington University Spring Invitational held March 31-April 1 at Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, Ill.

WUSTL and NAIA No. 4 Williams Woods University each shot a team score of 611, but William Woods was declared the team champion due to a tiebreaker.

Junior Hannah Buck (75-73), Maryville University’s Kayla Eckelkamp (72-76) and Drury’s Morgan Lamberson (73-75) tied for the individual championship with a two-day total of 148. Eckelkamp was declared the individual champion due to a tiebreaker.

Freshman Olivia Lugar also recorded a top-five finish with a two-day total of 149 (75-74), taking home fourth place honors. Lugar, the top-ranked player in Division III, has fired 16-straight rounds under 80 in her rookie season.

Sophomore Andrea Hibbert was the third student-athlete to fire a pair of rounds under 80 for WUSTL. Hibbert recorded a two-day total of 153 (77-76) on her home turf and was five shots off the lead.

Sophomore Allyson Chee tied for 33rd place with a 162 (77-85), while senior Katie Homa rounded out the Bears’ starting lineup with a two-day total of 173 (89-84) to tie for 71st place.

Freshman Taylor Fagan (87-79, 166, T49th place) and senior Sarah Miller (90-90, 180, T83rd place) also competed as individuals for the Bears.

The team has a week off before returning to action Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, at the Illinois Wesleyan University Spring Fling in Normal, Ill.