St. Louis, Mo., April 23, 2019 – Freshman Kirsten Drabek went 5-for-7 with four runs scored and an RBI to help lead the Washington University in St. Louis softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Webster University Tuesday at home.
WashU's offense exploded for 18 runs and 23 hits in the sweep, recording double-digit hits in back-to-back games for the first time since March 9 and March 11.
WashU improved to 15-14 with the two wins, while Webster had its season come to an end with an 10-24 mark.
WashU 9, Webster 2 – Game One
The Bears had 10 hits and took advantage of eight errors in the game one victory. Drabek and junior Amy Walsh each had a pair of hits in the win.
The game was tied 1-1 before WashU scored two runs on three hits and took advantage of two errors in the third. Senior Taylor Arends drove in a run to give the Bears the one-run lead, and then scored on an error after she stole second and third.
WashU put the game out of reach in the bottom of the sixth scoring six runs on five hits and took advantage of four Webster errors. Walsh, freshman Katie Gould and juniorMikaela Arredondo each drove in a run.
WashU 9, Webster 4 – Game Two
WashU had 13 hits in the game two victory, led by Drabek's 3-for-3 performance with three runs scored and an RBI. Junior Michaela Morhaus earned her second multi-hit game of her career going 2-for-3 with two RBIS, while Walsh was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Morhaus doubled to deep right center with two outs to drive in two runs. In the fourth, Arredondo drove in a run with a single and then Drabek pushed across a tally with a single as WashU scored four runs to make it 5-1.
Freshman Nicole Hay launched a two-run home run to dead center in the fifth, and then Walsh singled through the right side to drive in a run to make it 8-4. Hay added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to round out the scoring
Sophomore Kendall Schwartz (2-1) picked up the win in relief allowing four hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched.
WashU opens a four-game series with Case Western Reserve University (19-13, 6-8 UAA) Friday at home. Game one is set for 2 p.m.
• WashU improved to 21-11 all-time against Webster
• Senior Josi Elder moved into sixth place all-time in walks (52)
• Denton had an RBI single in the first AB of her career
• Arends has started 147-consecutive games
• Arends moved into sixth place all-time in hits (184) and seventh in runs scored (124)
• Walsh is now eighth all-time in stolen bases (33)