April 23, 2008

Softball ties school-record with 23rd straight win, but falls in nightcap to Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (courtesy FSC sports information) -- The Brandeis University softball team won its 23rd consecutive game today, defeating Framingham State College, 14-6, in the first game of a doubleheader, but the Judges fell to the Rams in the nightcap, 5-2. With the loss, the softball team's string finishes tied with the 1979 baseball team for the longest winning streak in Brandeis history.

In game one, the Judges offense exploded for 14 runs on 15 hits and capitalized on the Rams fielding woes. The Rams (14-21) committed four errors in the game which led to five unearned runs for Brandeis. Senior Kate Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) was 4-for-4 from the plate in game one with 3 runs scored and two RBIs, while fellow senior Natalie Volpe (Southington, Conn.) was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, Mass.) and Chelsea Korp (Worcester, Mass.) had 2 hits apiece. Lavallee also drove in four runs. Emily Vaillette (Milford, N.H.) picked up the win for Brandeis as she went five innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out five.

In the second game, the Judges took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Korp singled thru the left side and drove in Allie Mussen (Franklin Square, N.Y.). The Rams answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third as Sara Mulkeen doubled in a run and after a run scored on a Brandeis error sophomore Kelsey Curley cleared the bases with a 2 RBI double to center. That was all junior starter Katelyn Pacheco would need as she went 5+ innings allowing 2 earned runs on seven hits before turning the ball over to senior Kelly Knox who picked up the save and allowed one hit over the final two innings. With the win, FSC coach Rich Paulhus earned his 100th career win.

The Rams return to action on Saturday as the square off against conference foe Worcester State at Worcester at noon with a birth in the conference tournament at stake, while the Judges face Fitchburg State tomorrow afternoon.