Softball blanks Fitchburg State, 9-0 & 4-0

FITCHBURG, Mass. (courtesy FSC sports info) - The visiting Brandeis University softball team swept a doubleheader from host Fitchburg State College Thursday afternoon at Withington Field at Coolidge Park 9-0 and 4-0. With the wins, the Judges are now 31-8-1 on the season, establishing a program record for wins in a season.

Brandeis jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning of the first game, scoring a pair of runs on two errors and a RBI single by junior SS Chelsea Korp (Worcester, Mass.).

The Judges added single runs in the second, third and fourth innings as their lead swelled to 6-0 keyed by RBI singles by Korp, sophomore catcher Erin Ross (Manalapan, N.J.) and senior hurler Kate Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.).

Brandeis tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning to make the score 9-0, scoring a run on a wild pitch, and RBI singles by rookie outfielder Erin Thorn (Perkasie, Pa.) and rookie 3B Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, Mass.).

The Falcons were led offensively by Lauren Cucinotta and Eryne Cotter who each had a double. Streilein (16-3) pitched the complete game shutout, allowing five hits and striking out six. Bethany Stone (5-11) pitched the complete game for Fitchburg State, allowing nine runs, (6 Earned) on 13 hits and striking out two.

In the second game, Brandeis scored all four of its runs in the first inning. The Judges went ahead 1-0 on a wild pitch while Lavallee delivered a two-run single. Junior outfielder Samantha Worth (Londonderry, N.H.) added an RBI single. Meghan Callahan paced the Falcons with two hits.

Senior Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) earned the victory in the circle for the Judges, pitching a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Stephanie Melanson took the loss for Fitchburg State, pitching the complete game, allowing four runs (3 earned) on five hits.

Fitchburg State returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Buzzards Bay to take on the Buccaneers of Mass. Maritime Academy for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Brandeis returns to the field on Sunday traveling to Brunswick, Maine to take on the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College at noon.