April 22, 2008

Softball runs win streak to 22 with sweep of Salem State

SALEM, Mass. (courtesy SSC sports info) -- Brandeis University completed a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Vikings, posting 7-1 and 12-6 victories this afternoon at Alumni Field. With the wins, Brandeis extended its school-record winning streak to 22 games, one shy of the University record for any team, set by the 1979 baseball team. They also moved within one of the 1999 softball team's school record for wins in a season, improving to 28-7-1 for the season.

The Judges scored six runs over the first three innings en route to their game one win. Senior Kate Streilein (Point Pleasant, N.J.) posted a three-hit decision over the hosts, working five innings, striking out four and did not issue a walk. Streilein also provided the bulk of the offense for the visitors, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a triple and four runs batted in.

Courtney Kelley (Leicester, Mass.) and Danielle Lavallee (Sutton, Mass.) produced RBI doubles for the Judges in the opener. Sophomore Erica Sonia (Lynn, Mass.) drove in SSC's lone run with a single. Senior Sarah Funk (Newport News, Va.) sophomore Jess Baird (Worcester, mass.) and freshman Taylor Orlando (Danvers, Mass.) each collected a single for the Lady Vikings (18-18). SSC junior Katelyn Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.) gave up a dozen hits, seven earned runs, struck out three and walked a pair.

The Judges sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning of game two en route to plating five runs. Melisa Cagar (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Chelsea Korp (Worcester, Mass.) recorded back-to-back two-run singles to highlight the frame. Korp would add a three-run triple in the fifth. Erin Ross (Manalapan, N.J.) went 4-for-4 for the winners with four singles and four runs scored.

Orlando went 2-for-3 with three RBI while teammates Amanda Scola (Leominster, Mass.), Kara Beauregard (Leominster, Mass. ) and Lauren Concannon (Chelmsford, Mass.) each added a pair of hits. Sonia also stroked a triple. Michelle Enos (Methuen, Mass.) worked the first two innings, giving up five earned runs and six hits.