Kissimmee, Fla., March 12, 2018 – The Washington University in St. Louis softball team could not overcome some defensive miscues in a pair of losses to Cortland and Susquehanna at the Diamond 9 Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
WashU made a season-high six errors in a 12-6 loss to Cortland in game one, and then had three miscues in a 9-4 loss to Susquehanna in game two. The Bears have lost three-straight games and have a 2-4 overall record.
Cortland 12, WashU 6
WashU could not overcome six errors and a 5-0 deficit after an inning and a half in the first game of the day. Cortland also pounded out 13 hits in the win.
The Bears showed some fight scoring five runs on four hits with two outs in the fourth to make it 7-6. Senior pinch-hitter Mackenzie Gauden drove in a run after being hit by pitch with the bases loaded, and then sophomore Amy Walsh cleared the bases with a double to left. Senior Taylor Arends followed with an RBI single to right to make it one-run game.
Cortland answered back with three runs in the fifth off Schwartz to make it 10-6.
Senior Anna McKee (2-1) took the loss allowing eight hits and seven runs (six unearned) in 5 2/3 innings. McKee struck out four and walked three. Schwartz allowed five hits and five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
Susquehanna 9, WashU 4
WashU outhit Susquehanna 11-9 in game two, but could not overcome three errors which led to four unearned runs.
Senior Ashley Madsen was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while sophomore Mikaela Arredondo (2-for-3, run scored), junior Josi Elder (2-for-2) and freshman Natasha Ramakrishnan (2-for-4, RBI, run scored) also had multi-hit games.
Freshman Abby Graegin (0-1) took the loss in her first career start allowing nine hits and nine runs (five earned). Graegin stuck out seven and walked three.
WashU trailed 2-1 after an inning of play following an RBI single up the middle by senior Hera Tang, and then tied the game with an RBI single by Elder in the second.
Clapp tied the game in the third with an RBI single up the middle, but Susquehanna took the commanding 7-3 lead scoring three runs on four hits in the fourth. The River Hawks added a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
WashU continues play in the Diamond 9 Sunkissed Games with a pair of contests Tuesday against Plattsburgh at 9 a.m. (ET) and No. 12 Ramapo at 11:15 a.m. (ET).