March 14, 2008

Softball drops 8-0 decision to Emory

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Brandeis University softball team dropped its second game of the season to eighth-ranked Emory University, 8-0, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Brandeis (4-4, 2-4 UAA) mustered just one hit against Emory junior Shanon Andersen (Sahuarita, Ariz.), a two-out single in the sixth inning by rookie 3B Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, Mass.). The Judges worked Andersen for seven walks, allowing them to get some scoring opportunities, but 11 strikeouts counteracted the wildness.

Andersen also had the hot bat for the Eagles, going 2-4 with three RBI and a two-run home run. The Eagles opened the game with three straight infield hits, all of which scored. They added single runs in the second, third and sixth innings before Andersen's two-run shot to centerfield in the seventh inning. Junior catcher Rachel Blume (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) had the only other extra-base hit for Emory, a double.

Brandeis senior Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) suffered her first loss of the season, allowing six hits and five runs (four earned) in three innings of work. She struck out three and walked two, falling to 2-1 on the campaign. Sophomore Emily Vaillette (Milford, N.H.) tossed the final four frames, giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks.