Facing opponents with a combined 17-47-1 record heading into the weekend, the No. 18 Washington University softball team dominated and earned six victories.
When Taylor Arends stepped up to the plate with two-on and two out the top of the ninth tied 4-4 against DePauw University, she did so while mired in a mini-slump—or whatever counts as such for a freshman shortstop who currently ranks fifth or better on the Washington University softball team in just about every meaningful offensive category.
If you ever have a free afternoon, head over to the softball field on the west end of the South 40. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or windy or a little wet—suck it up because you’re going to witness something neat. With any luck, you’ll see her, Annie Pitkin, the righty ace of the Washington University softball team who’s earned her title utilizing a pitch that’s unique to her sport: the rise ball.
The Washington University softball team delivered a mad dash home in the ninth inning to earn a dramatic 2–1 victory over Buena Vista University on Sunday in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
A consistent offense and elite pitching had propelled the Washington University softball team’s 20-4 start and top-10 national ranking six weeks into the season. However, neither were on display this week as the Bears were swept 5-1 and 4-0 in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader against Illinois Wesleyan University.
Senior starting pitcher Annie Pitkin tossed a perfect game and the Washington University softball team remained undefeated with a 4-0 weekend in Clermont, Fla.
Every year senior ace Annie Pitkin has been on the Washington University softball pitching staff, she’s improved. As a freshman, she put together a 3.28 ERA in 111 innings. As a sophomore, it was 1.96 in 167.2. In her junior and most recent season, she twirled a 1.62 ERA in 169.0. It is not clear where her ceiling may be in her final season, but she is also excited about seeing the same development in the rest of the Bears pitching staff.
By posting four consecutive shutouts, the No. 15 Washington University softball team came away with four convincing wins this weekend. Highlighted by two complete-game performances from junior starting pitcher Annie Pitkin, it was the first time since 2008 that the Bears registered four straight shutouts.
Following a pair of losses this weekend, the Washington University softball team is in unfamiliar territory. The No. 14 Bears (25-9 record) suffered their first losing streak of the season after falling on the road to No. 8 Illinois Wesleyan University (22-4 record) by scores of 2-0 and 3-1, respectively, on Saturday
Thanks to a pair of dazzling pitching performances, the No. 15 Washington University softball team (25-7 record) picked up two road wins over Monmouth College (6-13) on Saturday in Monmouth, Ill.