It’s been a busy spring for Washington University athletics. But, for the most part, scheduled spring games are over, and Wash. U. athletes, just like the rest of us, are now strapping in for the push through finals week, all the while preparing for playoff matches on the other side of their exams.
The Washington University baseball and softball teams must have been given the same script this weekend, because each went win-loss-win-loss against Case Western Reserve University Friday and Saturday, with each respective pair of wins and losses following a similar pattern.
Venturella returned to the city where she spent eight seasons and won 195 games as the head coach of the University of Illinois at Chicago, when the Bears travelled to the Windy City to take on the University of Chicago. The series, however, was largely disappointing for Wash. U., which dropped three out of four games.
With their offense stagnating and three outs to go in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, the Washington University softball team faced the possibility of letting Emory University send them home with an unsatisfactory 1-3 record. Less than an hour later, the Bears were heading home with their most thrilling victory of the season and a wholly satisfying four-game split.
When the Washington University softball team surged through its spring break schedule, the team did so riding a hot-handed offense. The question then became whether the Bears hitters could do the same against top caliber pitching.
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.