Each spring, various Wash. U. teams travel thousands of miles, flying to preseason warm ups, tournaments against high-ranking opposition and even national championships.
It’s cold out, but spring sports are starting.
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.
In one of the NCAA’s most local rivalries, the Washington University softball team took care of Tuesday at home Tuesday, beating neighbor Fontbonne University twice.
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.
The spring sports season has passed its midpoint, with a little less than a month left for most of Washington University’s teams. This weekend offers plenty of Red and Green on the docket, with only the No. 18 baseball team out of action. Let’s take a look at the other five Bears teams playing this weekend.
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.
While many Washington University students hit the beach or headed home for spring break, the school’s athletic programs didn’t miss a beat.