Baseball: Judges stumble to poor result in taxing season
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 19:04
Fittingly enough, the senior players got the job done in their Senior Day matchup against Bowdoin College last Wednesday. Led by relief pitcher Alex Tynan ’12, center fielder Sean O’Hare ’12, catcher Kenny Destremps ’12, right fielder Zach Malis ’12 and left fielder Joe Galli ’12, the Judges defeated the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 14-7 last Wednesday.
The Judges improved their record to 8-29 this season, finishing the year with a 2-1 mark in the last three games. Bowdoin’s record fell to 18-14 with this loss. The fifth and sixth innings proved to be the turning point of the game for the Judges. The team collected 11 of their 14 runs in that half-hour of play. In a season that has been plagued by offensive struggles, Brandeis finally showcased its potential for power in its lineup against the Polar Bears.
Although Bowdoin outhit the Judges 15 to 14 and led 6-3 in the top of the fifth, the Judges did not surrender easily. O’Hare went two-for-three in the leadoff position, earning two walks, firing off two doubles and crossing home plate three times. The strong game for O’Hare capped off a hot streak for the third baseman to end the season, batting .400 with seven runs scored, three doubles and three home runs in his last five games. Since coming off injury last week, the center fielder ended his season on a high note.
In addition to O’Hare’s effort, Destremps went two-for-four with three runs and an RBI in the second spot in the order. Designated hitter Pat Nicholson ’11 MA ’12 gave an outstanding performance, tallying a game-high four hits with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Malis and Galli both reached base twice in the winning effort. Much of the team's victory was attributed to the seniors' impressive performance.
Galli admired his fellow seniors’ dedication to end their baseball careers on a high note in the final home game of the season.
“All of us played well,” he said. “It was nice to win our last home game.”
While the seniors were the stars of the Judges’ winning effort, additional help came in the form of three RBIs from center fielder Chris Ferro ’13.
Brandeis also received a crucial boost from the bullpen. Tynan led the Judges’ pitching effort, allowing only five hits and one earned run in three and one-third innings, in which he struck out three batters.
Relief pitcher Andrew Weissenberg ’12 and Nicholson would combine to seal the victory for the Judges. Starting pitcher Kyle Brenner ’15 earned the win even amid a six-run start, improving to 3-7 on the season. However, the record is hardly indicative of the rookie's success on the mound, forecasting a successful career for the Judges.
The Brandeis baseball team, however, could not get the job done in its final day of play, losing both games of their doubleheader at Trinity College last Sunday. The Judges’ bats were cold after an offensive explosion against Bowdoin.
While the Judges only had one hit less than Trinity, they nonetheless failed to convert any of their opportunities into runs. Ferro went three-for-four, singling in the first, doubling in the third, and singling again in the seventh. No other Brandeis player was able to notch a multi-hit game to contribute to the offensive output.
Mike Swerdloff ’13, in his final start of the season, pitched five innings for the Judges, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, while striking out three batters. Tagged with the loss, Swerdloff fell to 3-4 for the season. Starting pitcher Brian Ing ’14 followed his effort with a scoreless sixth inning.
While the bats awoke for Brandeis in the second game, Trinity’s offense likewise reawakened.
The Judges failed once again to convert their hits into runs. Ferro again led the Judges' effort, going two-for-four with two doubles. While Nicholson only pitched two innings, he surrendered the decisive fifth run, failing to notch a win on the season at 0-4.
Tynan stated it was an unfortunate way to end the season, but noted that it was a learning experience for the newer members and will hopefully lead to future success.
“Even though this season was rough, we have come together as a team,” he said. “We just need to focus more, and I think we have the potential to start next season on a high note.”
With the loss at Trinity, Brandeis concludes its season at 8-31, a mark that the team will hope to build upon for the 2013 season.