March 11, 2008

Softball suffers first loss of season to No. 8 Emory, 11-1

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Brandeis softball team suffered its first loss of the season, 11-1, at the hands of eighth-ranked Emory University in a University Athletic Association contest held in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The Judges (3-1, 1-1 UAA) were held to just two hits by Emory (9-1, 1-0 UAA) senior Kathy Gordon (Midland, Ga.). Senior 1B Kaitlin Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) singled in the second inning, while rookie Erin Thorn (Perkasie, Pa.) drove in the team's only run in the fifth inning. After classmate Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, Mass.) coaxed a walk to lead off the frame, sophomore Lauren Rashford (Whitesboro, N.Y.), fresh off her stint with the women's basketball team, entered as a pinch runner. After senior OF Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) walked, Thorn singled up the middle to avoid the shutout.

The Eagles scored nine runs in the first inning off Brandeis sophomore Emily Vaillette (Milford, N.H.). Emory sent 13 players to the plate in the first, reaching on eight hits, two walks and an error. They added two more runs on four hits in the third.