March 17, 2006

Streilein tosses two-hitter to lead softball past Case, 7-1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Sophomore pitcher Kaitlin Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) tossed a complete-game two-hitter while going 1-4 with an RBI today as the Brandeis University softball team defeated Case Western Reserve University, 7-1, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest at the Seminole County Softball Complex in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Brandeis (3-5, 2-4 UAA) picked up its second conference win by scoring seven runs on eight hits. Senior SS Mari Levine (Hopkinton, Mass.) gave the Judges all the runs they need with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning. Case (4-6, 0-6 UAA) took advantage of a lead-off double to cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second inning.

Brandeis put the game away in the bottom of the third with five runs. With the bases loaded, rookie 3B Samantha Worth (Londonderry, N.H.) drove home a run with a ground ball second base. She was followed by sophomore DH Dani Meyer (Sodus Point, Calif.), who clubbed her first home run of the season, a three-run shot. Streilein picked up her RBI four batters later, plating senior LF Elissa Glucksman (Stamford, Conn.). From there, Streilein retired 18 of the last 19 Spartan batters.

Brandeis was led by Mayer, who finished the game 3-3 with three RBI and the home run. Smith was the only other multiple hitter, going 2-4 with two runs scored, while Levine was 1-3 with two RBI. In the circle, Streilein struck out three and walked just one in her seven-inning stint.