Softball wins three of four over weekend

The No. 24 Washington University softball team took three of four games this weekend to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.

On Sunday, the Bears split a doubleheader with Blackburn College on the road, winning the first game 9-1 but falling 5-1 in the second game.

In the win over Blackburn, sophomore Maggie Mullen recorded three hits and scored twice to lead the Red and Green offense. Senior Alyssa Abramoski and junior Ashley Janssen also added two hits and scored twice to help senior Olivia Cook earn her 14th win of the season.

Blackburn bounced back in the second game by tallying ten hits and four runs off of sophomore Kelsey Neal. The Bears did not score until the top of the seventh inning in the loss.

On Saturday, Wash. U. honored its four seniors and held its “Bear Ball Beats Cancer” event as the team defeated Monmouth College by scores of 5-2 and 1-0.

In the first game, the team took advantage of four errors to score five runs, including three in the first inning.

Neal pitched the Bears to victory in the second game by tossing a three-hitter. Sophomore Stacy Berg laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score freshman Paige Biles for the only run of the game.

Wash. U. will host Westminster College in a doubleheader on Thursday with games at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.