Baseball picks up two wins on the road

March 29, 2019

This week, the Brandeis baseball team picked up two victories on the road, beating Salem State 11-7 and Amherst 6-4. The Judges also had their first home game of the season on Thursday, where they suffered a 7-3 defeat to Suffolk University.

The team picked up two losses the following week on the road: Salem State defeated them in the first match of their doubleheader 11-4 and Springfield won 1-0. After these five games, Brandeis improves to 9-5 on the season.

In their first home game of the season, Suffolk held Brandeis to a low four hits and only three runs. All three of the runs for Brandeis were scored in the first three innings of the game. Third baseman Issac Fossas ’21 got the Judges on the board with an RBI single in the first inning. Designated hitter, Scott Ziegler ’21, also had an RBI for the Judges with a double in the second inning. The last three runs were scored by first baseman Alex Parrot ’21, second baseman Victor Oppenheimer ’20 and left fielder Nick Yanco ’21.

On the pitching side, the Judges used five different pitchers during the game. Gavin Dauer ’22, and Marc Maestri ’22 both gave up zero hits. Greg Tobin ’20 let in three runs, and Kyle Shedden ’20 and Rik Jhamb ’21 each gave up two.

Next, Brandeis played a doubleheader against Salem State on Saturday. The Judges split with the Vikings, and each team picked up a win. In the first game, the Judges lost 11-4. Despite losing the first game of the doubleheader, the Judges came out strong in the second game defeating the Vikings 11-7. Brandeis was led by catcher Luke Hall ’21 who drove in six runs for the Judges. Fossas opened the game scoring the first run in the first inning. Mike Khoury ’21 then hit a double RBI in the second, and Hall drove in two more runs putting the Judges up 5-0.

Pitcher, Cam Roberts ’22, held the Vikings to one run during the fourth, and the Judges went up 9-1. For Brandeis Khoury and centerfielder Dan Frey ’21 each scored three runs.

On Monday, Brandeis traveled to Springfield where the Pride barely defeated the Judges in a 1-0 game. In this game, it all came down to the pitching. For the Judges, pitcher Mason Newman ’21 threw a complete game only allowing three hits. Newman finished the game with 92 pitches thrown, 62 of which were strikes.

Tuesday, the Judges were on the road again where they defeated Amherst 6-4. Brandeis was down 4-0 at the end of the fifth inning, then the Judges fought back in the final four innings of the game to pull out the victory. Dan O’Leary ’21 started off the sixth inning with a double to kick off a hitting streak for the Judges. The Judges drove in three runs in the sixth, scored by O’Leary, Weiss and Connor Sheehan ’21.

In the seventh inning, no runs were scored by either team, but the Judges came back in the eighth to take the lead over the Mammoths with Fossas and Khoury scoring. The Judges finished off the victory in the ninth with a run scored by Sheehan. This was the Judges’ first win over Amherst since 2009.

Up next, the Brandeis Baseball team heads into UAA conference play this weekend. The Judges will face Emory University in four games in Atlanta.

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