April 7, 2006

Softball drops 4-1 decision to Framingham State

WALTHAM, Mass. – Framingham State College junior shortstop Christina Sullivan (Weymouth, Mass.) went 2-3 with a double and scored three of her team's four runs today as the Rams upended the host Brandeis University Judges, 4-1, on Marcus Field.

Framingham State (7-10) jumped on top in the second inning with a two-out rally. Rookie 2B Kate Pacheco (Acushnet, Mass.) walked and Sullivan reached on an error and stole second in front of rookie 3B Colleen Clancy (Lynn, Mass.). Clancy delivered a two-run single to right that would be all the scoring the visitors would need.

Brandeis (11-14) got one run back in the third with a two-out rally of their own. Senior outfielder Elissa Glucksman (Stamford, Conn.) singled and sophomore CF Amelia Schimmel (Oakland, Calif.) walked. Sophomore pitcher Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) reached on an error to right field that allowed Glucksman to come home.

FSC added solo runs in the fourth and sixth. In both frames, Sullivan was bunted to third by Clancy and scored on a mishap by the Brandeis catcher, a wild pitch in the fourth and passed ball in the sixth. The Judges loaded the bases with two outs in both the sixth and seventh, but could not come up with the big hit to cut into the lead.

Brandeis had a pair of multiple hitter. Glucksman went 2-4 with a run scored, while senior Mari Levine (Hopkinton, Mass.) was 2-4 with a double, the team's only extra-base hit. Volpe suffered the loss despite just one earned run, going the distance. She allowed five hits and both struck out and walked five to fall to 3-8 on the season.

Rams sophomore Kelly Knox (Framingham, Mass.) picked up the win, allowing two hits and one unearned run in four innings of work. She struck out three and walked one. Junior DeAnna Curtis (Lakeville, Mass.) earned her first save of the season with three innings of action. She gave up four hits and walked three, but stranded seven Brandeis runners.

Today's game was scheduled to be a doubleheader, but game two was cancelled because of the rain.

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