April 25, 2006

Softball wins second straight extra inning game, 6-5, over Regis

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University sophomore hurler Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) singled home the winning run in the eighth inning to secure her ninth win of the season and give the Judges a second-straight extra-inning victory, 6-5, over the Regis College Pride on Marcus Field today.

Brandeis (19-23) jumped on the Pride early, as senior 1B Bri Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) singled home classmate Elissa Glucksman (Stamford, Conn.) in the first inning. The Judges added three more in the second as junior RF Marissa Rubin (Teaneck, N.J.) doubled with one away after junior C Christina McWilliams (Billerica, Mass.) reached on an error to put runners on second and third. Glucksman drove in the inning's first run, while a passed ball allowed Volpe to plate Rubin and a third run scored on a Regis error.

Regis (9-26) stormed back in the fourth inning with four runs of their own. The first four batters reached safely, with senior DP Amanda Reyes (Maplewood, N.J.) opening the scoring. After senior C Blair Benander (Rutland, Mass.) cut the lead to 4-2 with an infield groundout, Brandeis's only error of the game allowed two more runners to score and tie the game at 4-4.

In the bottom of the fourth, senior SS Mari Levine (Hopkinton, Mass.) plated Volpe on a ground out as the Judges reclaimed the lead. Regis answered in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by senior LF Colleen Hill (Malden, Mass.) with one away that knotted the score at 5-5. Volpe got the next two outs to escape with no more damage. Regis stranded Brandeis runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra innings.

In the seventh, Regis bunted the courtesy runner from second to third, but a come-backer to the circle and a strike out meant the Judges needed just one run, which Volpe delivered with a line shot to left field one away.

For the game, Volpe finished 1-5 with two RBI at the plate. In the circle, she tossed her 17th complete game of the season, striking out seven and walking just one. Volpe gave up six hits and five runs (three earned) to improve to 9-12 on the season. Other offensive standouts for the Judges were Glucksman, who was 2-3 with an RBI and two runs, and sophomore 2B Dani Mayer (Larkspur, Calif.), who was 2-4 with a double.

Regis had no multiple hitters, but Reyes was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Hill was 1-3 with a double and an RBI. Senior Veronica Coles (Wareham, Mass.) suffered the loss in relief.