Four NCAA Div. III championships
PELLA (IOWA)– The Washington Univ. in St. Louis (Mo.) softball team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 14-inning loss to No. 16 ranked Univ. of Wis.-Whitewater Sunday. The Bears stranded an NCAA Division III record 20 runners left on base in the defeat.
Washington ends the 2011 season with a 32-12-1 overall record. Wis.-Whitewater improves to 28-11 and advances to take on the winner of No. 5 Central College and Anderson (Ind.) Univ. in an elimination game scheduled for 4 p.m.
Washington's Claire Voris (16-5) allowed 12 hits and two earned runs in the defeat. She walked three and struck out nine while throwing 174 pitches.Whitewater's Jessica Stang gave up 10 hits and an earned run while walking eight and striking out 10. Stang threw 239 pitches in the 14-inning marathon.
Whitewater (28-11) outhit Washington, 12-10, and scored two runs on three hits in the top of the 14th after playing 13 scoreless innings. Haley Krueger broke the tie with a solo home run with one out, and then an RBI single by Kate McDonnell pushed the advantage to 2-0. Freshman Kelsey Neal put Washington on the scoreboard with a solo shot with one out in the bottom of the 14th, but Stang retired the final two batters to seal the victory.
The previous NCAA Division III record for runners left on base was Rochester Institute of Technology vs. Niagara on April 13, 1984.