Judges bounce back in new season

May 3, 2019

Brandeis baseball won three of their last five league games to close out University Athletic Association play, as the Judges went 4-3 overall in the past 10 days.

The Judges split the finale doubleheader of their four game series against conference opponent NYU on April 21. NYU dominated the first game, winning 12-2. The Judges won the second game 8-3 led by first-year pitcher Cam Roberts. Roberts threw six 2/3 shutout innings, allowing only four hits with 65 of his 98 pitches were strikes. Isaac Fossas ’21 hit a three run homer to lead the offensive charge.

Then the Judges played Case Western on Friday, April 26 and opened the series with a 5-3 victory. Left-handed pitcher Greg Tobin ’20 threw seven innings, allowing only two hits and two runs. The Judges scored three runs in the fifth inning, extending their lead 5-1. The Judges scored all three runs with two outs as Fossas doubled, bringing in two runs and Hall followed with an RBI-double of his own. Left-hander Marc Maestri ’22 relieved Tobin and got his team-leading third save of the season.

The Judges split the doubleheader on April 27, losing the first game 6-0 and winning the second game 7-5. In the first game, the Judges had only five hits, which were all singles.

The Judges found their grove in the second game as they had 11 hits with five doubles. Khoury had three hits with two RBI and two runs scored, while Fossas had two doubles and knocked in three runs. Mason Newman ’21 pitched seven quality innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Of Newman’s 95 pitches, 61 were strikes. Down by a score of 3-2 in the sixth inning, the Judges scored five runs in the next three frames as they took and extended their lead to 7-3.

The Judges dropped the series finale against Case Western 17-4. After the Judges scored two runs in the top of the second to take the lead 2-1, Case Western responded with eight runs in the bottom half of the frame. Oppenheimer led the Judges with three hits, while Khoury and outfielder Dan O’Leary ’20 each had two hits in the losing effort.

The Judges walked off Bridgewater State 4-3 on May 1, despite not getting a hit from the fifth inning on. With the score 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Khoury led off with a walk. Dan Frey ’21 laid down a bunt. With the bases loaded and no one out, Khoury scored on a passed ball to end the game. Albert Gutierrez ’20 pitched five solid innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

After going 3-25 last season, the Judges have bounced back, winning 16 games with two games remaining on their schedule. Despite being a young team, many of the Judges key contributors have been from underclassman In a tough conference, which features nationally ranked No. 8 Washington University, both Fossas and Khoury rank in the top 15 players in the conference in runs scored, batting average, hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs. As only pitcher Daniel Schupper ’19 will be graduating, the team’s nucleus should remain intact for the next several years.

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