Brandeis softball extended their winning streak to 11-0 over six games in the past week. Their undefeated record earned the team the designation of the best start in Brandeis softball history.
On Thursday, March 21, the Judges hosted a double header against Eastern Nazarene College. The Judges put up an incredible defense in the field throughout both games, letting only one Eastern Nazarene runner make it to home plate in each game.
In the first game, Eastern Nazarene was the first to clock in a run, going up on the Judges 1-0 in the first inning after the visiting first baseman ran in off a sacrifice fly from Eastern Nazarene’s catcher.
The Judges offense hit the gas pedal from the first Eastern Nazarene pitch. The team scored eight runs over just six innings, with the highest number of runs coming in the fifth inning. With three runs in that single inning, the Judges’ offense propelled the team to 7-1, disparaging the other team. The teams cut the game off in the middle of the seventh inning.
During the second game of the day against Eastern Nazarene, the Judges didn’t relent on the pressure. Again, despite allowing a run in the first inning, the Judges dominated play for the rest of the game, ultimately winning 9-1 after just six innings.
On Sunday, March 24, the Judges hosted yet another double header against Simmons College but triumphed over the team in much closer games.
The first game featured an impressive comeback from the Judges in the bottom of the ninth inning. The teams started the ninth tied at 7-7. After allowing two Simmons runs in the top of the ninth, the Judges had to rally back to see their undefeated record secured. Third baseman Marley Felder ’22 earned her first career home run and ultimately her first career walk-off by pounding a home run in the bottom of the ninth that propelled the Judges to 11-9 over the visiting team.
The Judges took the momentum from the ninth inning of the earlier Sunday game to earn another win over Simmons and advance their record to 9-0 after the weekend. They won the game 9-6.
Brandeis softball, hosting another double header against Suffolk University on Tuesday, March 26, earned two high-scoring, easy wins against the visiting team. Their opponents tapped out after five innings in both games.
In the first game, Brandeis won 13-1 featuring a home run from Bridget Cifuni ’21 and solid offense across the board. All of the Judges’ starters earned at least one hit, and all but one starter earned at least one run throughout the game.
The Judges didn’t hesitate to continue the domination on the field during the second Tuesday game. Suffolk’s six runs were not enough to make a dent in the Judges’ confidence. With a home run from Julie Fujita ’21, the Judges won the game 15-6.
Brandeis softball looks to continue with their undefeated record Friday, March 29 against University Athletic Association conference opponents Washington University. The Judges will play in a four-game series against their conference opponents over two days in St. Louis.