March 16, 2006

Late rally lifts Rochester softball past Brandeis, 7-2

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The University of Rochester softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning today to erase a one-run deficit and defeat the Brandeis University Judges, 7-2, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest at the Seminole Country Softball Complex.

Brandeis (2-4, 1-3 UAA) opened the scoring in the second inning when junior RF Christina McWilliams (Billerica, Mass.) singled to centerfield with two outs, plating senior 1B Bri Smith (Tewksbury, Mass.) and sophomore pitcher Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.). Junior C Caitlin Lukacs (Sodus Point, N.Y.) doubled after that, but the Judges were unable to bring home another run.

Rochester (3-3, 2-2 UAA) got one run back in the fifth inning, but Volpe got out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out by inducing a pair of ground ball outs. In the sixth inning, the Yellowjackets had three straight singles to open the frame, tying the score and chasing Volpe. UR then added five more runs, taking advantage of control problems by the Brandeis reliever, who walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning.