March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Washington-St. Louis

The No. 15 Washington University in St. Louis softball team opened the season by splitting a pair of games at the NTC Games on Saturday afternoon in Clermont, Fla. Washington U. dropped a 9-0 decision in six innings to John Carroll University in game one, and then rebounded for a 5-2 victory in eight innings over Johnson & Wales University.
        
Washington U. was limited to two hits and made three costly errors in the season-opening loss to John Carroll. Sophomore Claire Voris, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington) took the loss for WU, allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Voris walked four and struck out four in the loss.
        
Senior Kerry Kreitman, Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls) was the long bright spot for Washington U., registering the Bears’ lone two hits. John Carroll (8-1) had 11 hits in victory, which was its seventh-straight while on its Spring Break trip to Florida. Brittany Danilov pitched a complete-game shutout improving her record to 5-1.
        
Freshman Olivia Cook, Waterford, Mich. (Detroit Country Day) allowed five hits and two earned runs in eight innings pitched in the victory over Johnson & Wales. Cook struck out two batters and walked two as she picked up first career win.
        
Washington U. took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by junior Megan Fieser, Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summit). Johnson & Wales, who was playing its sixth game of the year, tied the game the game in the bottom of the fourth with a run.
        
The Bears took advantage of the international tiebreaker rule by scoring four runs to break the game open in the top of the eighth inning. Junior Carter Malouf, Minneapolis, Minn. (Academy of Holy Angels) and Fieser each had RBI singles in the inning, and freshman Alyssa Abramoski, Canton, Mich. (Ladywood) added an RBI double. Cook also helped herself in the extra inning with an RBI groundout.
        
Washington University (1-1) continues play in the NTC Games on Sunday, March 8, against Plattsburgh State College at 3 p.m., and No. 18 Ithaca College at 5 p.m.