March 23, 2006

Brandeis Defeats MIT, 3-1, in Extra Innings

March 23, 2006

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - A pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning lifted Brandeis University to a 3-1 victory over MIT in softball action on Thursday. Kaitlin Streilein picked up the win for the Judges (4-7) as she fanned seven batters and allowed one walk. Leah Bogsted also struck out seven in her outing for the Engineers (1-1).

Brandeis wasted little time applying pressure as Elissa Glucksman and Amelia Schimmel earned back-to-back walks. A fly out and a fielder's choice provided the next two outs, but the runners were moved into scoring position. The potential scoring threat ended with a ground out to shortstop. In its first at-bats, MIT went down in order and then both sides stranded a base runner in the second inning.

Like her first at-bat, Glucksman led off the third with a walk and then stole second. A sacrifice bunt by Schimmel moved Glucksman to third and she then came home on Streilein's double to leftfield. The Judges maintained the pressure with a groundout by Brianne Smith that advanced Streilein to third. Bogsted closed the inning with her second strikeout of the game.

Tech's bats came alive in the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle by Melissa Tanner. Helen O'Keefe moved her to second with a bunt and Tanner took third on a wild pitch. MIT was unable to capitalize on the opportunity as the side went down with a pair of ground outs.

The Engineers' defense quickly worked through the fourth inning and sustained its offensive momentum. Amanda Jason blasted a single up the middle which was followed by Cheryl Texin reaching on catcher's interference. A bunt by Bogsted advanced both runners and Joy Dunn loaded the bases with an infield hit. However, a fielder's choice and a strikeout kept Tech off the scoreboard.

The Judges posted a pair of two-out singles in the fifth, but the rally fell short with a pop-up to shortstop. The shutout continued for Streilein in the bottom-half of the inning as all three batters notched infield ground outs.

MIT's defense fueled its offense in the sixth inning as it allowed only a single in top of the inning and then later tied the game. Jason got things going with a single to centerfield and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Following a strikeout, Bogsted singled to leftfield and then stole second. Corrine Vannatta's infield hit loaded the bases. Jason then scored on another infield hit by Holly Jeffrey. Brandeis ended the inning by converting a fielder's choice and a ground out back to Streilein.

Victoria Roomet almost got a hit in the top of the seventh when her grounder bounced off Jason's foot at shortstop. However, the ball flew into second baseman Adrianne Hee's glove who then threw to first for the 6-4-3 out. The Judges continued to attack as Glucksman and Schimmel recorded consecutive singles. The Engineers preserved the tie by grabbing a pop-up at second and a fly-out in leftfield.

The momentum shifted to Brandeis as it forced extra innings with a 1-2-3 defensive outing. In the top of the eighth, Smith was placed on second base. Mari Levine moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt. Natalie Volpe gave the Judges the lead with a double to leftfield. Caitlin Lukacs entered the game as a pinch runner and then scored on Danielle Mayer's double to centerfield. The rally ended there as the next two batters went down in order.

In what proved to be its last at-bats, Jason was placed on second for MIT. A ground out to second base by Texin moved her to third. Streinlein sealed the win with back-to-back strikeouts.

MIT will compete in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic held in Fort Meyers, Fla. next week.