March 15, 2007

Five-run second leads Brandeis softball past Case, 5-1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Brandeis University softball team scored all five of its runs in the second inning and pitchers Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) and Allie Mussen (Franklin Square, N.Y.) tossed a combined four-hitter as the Judges defeated Case Western Reserve University, 5-1, in University Athletic Association (UAA) action today.

Brandeis (2-2, 2-2 UAA) got all the scoring they would need in the second when junior 1B Kaitlin Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) singled and sophomore 2B Danielle Mayer (Larkspur, Calif.) followed with her second home run of the tournament. Case junior Amanda Bell looked to get out of the inning without further damage when she got the next two outs, but the Spartans committed a pair of errors that put runners at first and second. Rookie SS Chelsea Korp (Worcester, Mass.) made Case pay with a two-run single to left field that gave Brandeis a 4-0 lead that increased to 5-0 on an RBI single by junior RF Victoria Roomet (Jamaica, N.Y.). The Judges only got one base runner after that, but Volpe and Mussen were able to dance their way out of trouble.

Case (3-3, 1-3 UAA) loaded the bases with just one hit in the fourth inning, a single by junior catcher Jen Bullen. The Spartans got on the board on a two-out run-producing walk by senior 2B Courtney Geib, but Volpe avoided further trouble with a groundout to third base. The Spartans got base runners in each of Mussen's three innings of work, but double plays when Case runners tried to take extra bases got the Judges out of trouble in the fifth and seventh, while Mussen got a strike out and a grounder with two on and one out in the sixth.

Korp was Brandeis's only multiple hitter, going 2-3 with a pair of RBI, while Mayer's round-tripper was the Judges' only extra-base hit.