Five-run third inning allows No. 11 Emory to pull away from Brandeis, 7-1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Emory University softball team, ranked No. 11 in the nation, scored five runs - four unearned - in the third inning today to defeat the Brandeis University Judges, 7-1, in a University Athletic Association contest.

Emory (15-3, 3-0 UAA) opened the scoring in the top of the first with a two-out RBI single by RF Alyson Moler. Brandeis (2-3, 1-2 UAA) responded with a perfectly executed double steal by senior 1B Bri Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) as classmate LF Elissa Glucksman (Stamford, Conn.) crossed the plate. The Eagles battled back on top in the second with an unearned run on a pair of throwing errors.

In the fifth, one run scored on another error before Emory SS Lauren Haag had a two-run double to open the lead to 5-1. The Eagles strung together three straight two-out hits to add another run, but the Judges and sophomore hurler Kaitlin Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) were able to keep the EU bat silent after that, giving up just three more hits the rest of the way.

Offensively, Streilein was Brandeis's only multiple hitter on the contest, going 2-3 with a double. Junior LF Marissa Rubin (Teaneck, N.J.) added a double for the team's only other extra base hit.