Taylor Arends Drives in Four as No. 18 Washington University Sweeps Greenville

Taylor Arends Drives in Four as No. 18 Washington University Sweeps Greenville

From Washington University Athletics

Freshman Taylor Arends with 3-for-8 and drove in four runs to help lead the No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a doubleheader sweep at Greenville College Thursday in Greenville, Ill.

Senior Annie Pitkin tossed a one-hitter in a 9-0 victory in game one, and then the Bears posted a 6-1 win in the second game.

WashU improved to 28-8 with the two victories, while Greenville fell to 12-14-1.

#18 WashU 9, Greenville 0 – Game One
Pitkin (17-4) gave up a leadoff double in game one, but retired the next 21 batters she faced. She struck out eight and did not walk a batter en route to the 54thcomplete game of her career.

The Bears scored first in the top of the second after freshman Josi Elder reached on a fielder's choice.

In the third, WashU pushed across another run after junior Hannah Mehrle doubled to lead off the inning and then Arends singled through the left side to make it 2-0. Arends drove in another run in the fifth with a single up the middle to make it 3-0.

The Bears loaded the bases in the sixth after back-to-back singles from Elder and sophomore Ashley Madsen and then Mehrle got hit-by-pitch. Elder scored on a wild pith and then sophomore Hera Tang ripped a pitch to left to drive in two to make it 7-0.

Mehrle added a two-RBI double to left in the seventh to round out the scoring. Mehrle was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles as WashU had 11 hits.

#18 WashU 6, Greenville 1 – Game Two
Greenville pushed across a run in the first inning against sophomore Maggie Clapp, scoring one run on three hits.

The Bears were held hitless for the first 3 1/3, but junior Janet Taylor broke up the no-hitter with an infield single in the fourth. Senior Brooke Hofer singled to center to move Taylor to third, and then two runs scored after a throwing error by Greenville third baseman to give WashU the 2-1 lead.

Greenville threatened in the bottom of the fourth getting a pair of runners on with one out, but Clapp got a ground ball and Arends made a great play to turn a 6-3 double play.

With the bases loaded in the fifth with two outs, Arends laced a first-pitch single to left driving in a pair of runs to make it 4-1. Hofer followed with an RBI single to make it 5-1.

Clapp added an RBI single with two outs in the seventh.

Clapp (9-4) tossed a complete game allowing seven hits and one earned run. She struck out six and walked one in the victory.

Hofer was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as WashU had seven hits. Taylor was 1-for-1 and was on base four times with two walks and a hit-by-pitch.

WashU hosts Principia College (3-17) in a doubleheader Friday, April 15. Game one is set to begin at 4 p.m.

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Greenville 21-1 … The 28 wins in 2016 are tied for eighth most in a single season under head coach Leticia Pineda-Boutte … Hofer played in her 174th career game, tied for second most in school history … Taylor had her 21-game hitting streak snapped in game one, but has reached base in 29-straight contests … WashU did not strike out in either game … Arends and Taylor are tied for the team lead with 35 RBIs.