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Baseball drops four-game series in first Atlanta trip

Brandeis baseball played two double-headers against University Athletic Association (UAA) Conference opponent Emory University. The Judges dropped all four games in Atlanta, played between Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. It was Brandeis’ first ever trip to Atlanta.

In the Friday games, Brandeis started with early runs. In the morning game, the Judges set off scoring with a run in the first inning. Rookie Mike Khoury ’21 and Donnie Weisse ’20 led the Judges in hits for the day, each earning two. The team scored half of its runs off the bat of Dan O’Leary ’20 who put up two RBIs and a run.

Brandeis kept the game competitive until the sixth inning, when the Eagles compiled four runs and pushed their lead to 7-1. The final score of the first game tallied at 8-4. Greg Tobin ’20 pitched 5.1 innings for the Judges, throwing three strikeouts.

In the night game, the Judges put Albert Gutierrez ’20 on the mound, who led the Judges through 7.0 innings. Brandeis dropped the game 2-5, with the two runs scored off the bats of rookies Tommy Sand ’21 and Dan Frey ’21.

The Judges returned to the field on Saturday but didn’t improve from the previous day’s game. Both games figured similarly in final game score, and Saturday’s first game found the Judges with a quick deficit. The Eagles scored three quick runs in the first inning and drove the lead through the rest of the nine innings. Down 1-10 by the ninth inning, the Judges made a final push, scoring three runs in the final inning before dropping the game 4-10 to the UAA opponent. Khoury was the most successful hitter of the day, batting two runners.

Unable to recover from their morning loss, the Judges dropped the fourth and final game of the series 2-5. Isaac Fossas ’21 and Alex Parrot ’21 contributed to the game with one RBI each.

Brandeis baseball has two more four-game series against UAA opponents to round out their season. They play New York University over the course of three days from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22. The weekend after NYU, the team will travel to St. Louis to play against another UAA opponent, Washington University in St. Louis. The final game in that series, on Saturday, April 28, will finalize the team’s 2018 season.

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