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Softball drops two

By Sarah Jousset

Section: Sports

April 15, 2016

The Brandeis softball team played two games against Babson this week. The first took place on Monday and the second was scheduled for Tuesday but postponed to Wednesday due to rain. The Judges dropped both games to Babson.

In the first game on Monday against Babson, the Judges lost 4-2 at home. Babson threatened in the first inning with three hits, but didn’t open the scoring until the second inning on an error. The Babson Beavers added two runs in the third with back to back solo home runs. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth that the Judges answered, when Amanda Shore ’18 hit her first home run of the season to put Brandeis on the board. Three batters later, Madi Gagnon ’16 doubled to score Keri Lehtonen ’19, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Shore put forth a strong performance for the Judges, with a clutch defensive play in both the first and sixth innings, the sixth inning play being a double play. The Beavers added their fourth run in the seventh inning. The Judges tried to come back in the bottom of the seventh inning with two runners on base, but the game ended with a called third strike. Lehtonen went 3 for 4 for the Judges, while Gagnon went 2 for 4.

Melissa Soleimani ’17 had eight hits and three earned runs in three innings. Sadie-Rose Apfel ’18 came in for relief, pitching four innings and allowing five hits and one earned run.

The Judges couldn’t pull through on Wednesday against Babson, in a 9-1 loss to the Beavers. The Judges didn’t muster enough hits to close the gaps. The highlight for the Judges was Maddie Sullivan’s ’16 homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. The home run put the Judges on the board and was their only run of the game.

Soleimani started the game for the Judges, but was pulled after two innings. She allowed seven hits and earned three strikeouts. Apfel came in for relief in the third inning and finished the game for Judges. Apfel gave up nine hits and earned three strikeouts.

The Judges fell to 11-12 on the season. The Brandeis softball team is back in action this Sunday in a doubleheader against Colby College at home at 1 and 3 p.m.

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