April 10, 2007
WALTHAM, Mass. - Brandeis University's softball team used a six-run first inning and an eight-run fourth inning to overpower MIT, 14-1, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action on Marcus Field. The victory, which lasted just five innings, pushed the Judges back over the .500 mark to an overall record of 12-11, while the Engineers fell to 1-16 with the loss.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on March 22, but was postponed due to unplayable field conditions as a result of winter weather.
Junior first basemen Kaitlin Streilein inflicted the most damage upon the Cardinal and Gray, as she blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth to end any hopes of a Tech comeback. It was her fourth round-tripper of the season.
Rookie shortstop Chelsea Korp and senior catcher Caitlin Lukacs also pitched in with two RBI apiece, while pitcher Natalie Volpe and third baseman Samantha Worth each drove in one run.
The Judges wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first inning, as Korp cleared the fence with a two-run homer out of the number two spot in the order. It was the freshman's second intercollegiate homerun. Four MIT errors led to four unearned runs, giving Brandeis a comfortable 6-0 lead after the first frame.
Tech pulled a run back in the top of the second when freshman third baseman Chelsea Ostrander stroked a leadoff double and was brought in by back-to-back groundouts. Fellow rookie Kasey Rowe earned the RBI.
MIT's freshman pitcher Priscilla Army settled down nicely in the second and third innings following the rough opening, allowing just two hits over that span. However, the Judges exploded once again in the fourth, pouring on eight runs to extend the lead to 14-1. Volpe led off with her first homerun of the season before her teammates strung together six more hits - including a two-RBI single by Lukacs and Streilein's grand slam - to close the door on the scoring.
Volpe (4-1) tossed all five innings for Brandeis, allowing just three hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out six.
Army (0-2) took the loss, allowing 14 runs (nine earned) and 11 hits in 3.1 innings. She also struck out two and walked five. Junior Leah Bogsted entered the game in the fourth to record the final two outs, conceding one hit and striking out one batter.
MIT will return to the diamond tomorrow, when it will travel to Babson College for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Brandeis will also be in action tomorrow afternoon, as the Judges will welcome UMass-Boston for a pair of contests on Marcus Field.