MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Seventh-ranked Washington University in St. Louis opened its 2011 season with a loss and a tie on Sunday at the Chick-Fil-A Classic held in Memphis, Tenn. The Bears suffered a 4-2 loss to host Rhodes College in game one, and then tied No. 19 Transylvania University, 4-4, in the nightcap.
The Bears jumped ahead of Rhodes in game one with two runs in the top of the fourth inning after a two-run home run by freshman Maggie Mullen. The hit for Mullen was the first of her career.
Senior pitcher Claire Voris got through the first four innings allowing just one hit, but Rhodes managed to do all its damage in the bottom of the fifth. The Tigers scored four runs on five hits in the inning, and broke open a 2-2 tie after Sara Bowen’s single to right field, scoring two.
Sophomore Ashley Janssen was 3-for-4 from the leadoff position, as Washington U. had seven hits in the loss. Voris suffered the defeat on the mound for the Bears allowing eight hits and four earned runs. She also struck out nine and walked none.
Washington U. broke open a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning against Transylvania following a two-out RBI double by sophomore Sondra Polonsky. The Bears made it 4-0 with three runs in the fifth, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by senior Ally Berenter and Voris.
Sophomore pitcher Kathy Peter had the Pioneers off balance for the first four innings, allowing just three hits. Transylvania scored a run off Peter in the fifth, trimming the advantage to 4-1.
Junior Olivia Cook replaced Peter on the mound in the bottom of the sixth and could not hold onto the lead. Transylvania got the first two batters to reach base, on a single and an error by Cook. An RBI single by Jessica Pierce and an RBI ground out to third by Alex Spainhour trimmed the advantage to 4-3, and the RBI groundout to shortstop by Kaitlyn Kallenborn tied the game at 4-4.
Neither team had a runner reach base in the seventh inning and the game was called due to darkness. The Bears had eight hits against Transylvania, led by a pair of hits by Berenter and Janssen.