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Washington Takes Over First Place in UAA With Sweep of Brandeis

Washington Takes Over First Place in UAA With Sweep of Brandeis

From Washington University Athletics

The Washington University in St. Louis softball team moved into first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings with a doubleheader sweep over Brandeis University Friday at home.

WashU won game one 4-1, and then posted a 4-0 victory in the nightcap. The Bears extended its winning streak to four and improved to 20-11, 6-4 in the UAA, while Brandeis fell to 11-14, 4-7 in UAA play.

Senior Kenzie James went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three stolen bases in the two wins. James tied Megan Fieser's (2007-10) school record of 68 career stolen bases, and also moved into second all-time in school history in runs scored (130).

WashU 4, Brandeis 1 – Game One
Junior Anna McKee (12-3) picked up the win in game one allowing six hits and one earned run in 6 2/3 innings pitched. McKee struck out seven and did not walk a batter, and took over the conference lead in wins. Junior Maggie Clapp recorded the final out to record her second save of the season.

Senior Janet Taylor gave the Bears the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third after she singled up the middle to drive in James.

WashU extended the lead to 4-0 scoring three runs on five hits in the fifth. Senior Hannah Mehrle drove in a run with a single to left, and then after a single by Taylor, junior Hera Tang singled to right center pushing across a run. With the bases loaded, junior Mackenzie Gauden recorded an RBI groundout.

WashU recorded nine hits in game one, as three Bears recorded multi-hit games – sophomore Taylor Arends (2-for-3), James (2-for-4, two runs scored, stolen base) and Taylor (2-for-2, walk, run scored, RBI).

WashU 4, Brandeis 0 – Game Two
Clapp (7-8) tossed the second compete-game shutout of her career in game two allowing four hits. She struck out two and did not allow an extra-base hit. Clapp has allowed just three earned runs in the last 30 innings, dropping her earned run average to 2.47.

WashU broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning scoring three runs on four hits. Clapp helped her own cause with a two-RBI double to left, and then Gauden singled to right driving in Clapp to make it 3-0.

Mehrle added an RBI single in the fifth to push the lead to 5-0. The RBI for Mehrle was the 133rd of her career, sixth most in school history.

Arends (2-for-3), James (2-for-4, run scored, two stoles bases) and Mehrle (2-for-3, run scored, RBI) each had multi-hit games for WashU. The Bears had 10 hits in the win.

WashU and Brandeis conclude the four-game series with a pair of games on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 1 p.m. The Bears will honor their four seniors prior to first pitch of game one – James, Mehrle, Taylor and Halle Steinberg. 

BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU leads the all-time series with Brandeis 29-7, and the Bears have won seven-straight meetings … WashU is 19-3 when scoring first … Mehrle is seven hits shy of setting the all-time school record … She also moved into seventh all-time in runs scored (120) … Taylor recorded the 70th walk of her career … Clapp moved into fifth all-time saves (3), eighth in wins (22) and ninth in complete games (12).