Softball falls to No. 7 WashU in UAA opener, 19-1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Brandeis softball team opened its University Athletic Association schedule today with a 19-1 loss at the hands of the No. 7 team in the nation, Washington (Mo.) University. The contest was played at the Seminole County Complex in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Brandeis (1-2) mustered just three hits against WashU, scoring their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning before the contest was called because of the 8-run rule. After senior 3B Mari Levine (Hopkinton, Mass.) reached on an error to start the inning, a double by sophomore RF Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) put runners on second and third. After a line-out double play threatened to strand Levine at third, sophomore DP Danielle Mayer (Larkspur, Calif.) reached on an error as Levine crossed the plate. Sophomore Kaitlin Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) suffered the loss in the circle to fall to 1-1 on the season.

WashU (5-0) got at least one hit from eight of their nine starters, with six gooing for multiple hits. The Bears went for extra-bases on six of their 20 hits, including two home runs. The only inning in which they didn't score was the second.