Softball: Judges go 3-5 in busy eight-game week
The Brandeis Judges continued their busy schedule by falling 7-5 to the NYU Violets on Saturday, finishing their eight-game week with a 3-5 record in those games. After taking game one in a doubleheader against the Violets on Friday, the Judges lost the second one. They did, however, take two games from Wellesley on Wednesday after losing two games to Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday.
NYU 7, Brandeis 5
The Judges started off hot plating three runs in the top of the first after Keri Lehtonen ’19 and Melissa Rothenberg ’21 were both hit by pitches and Amanda Shore ’18 singled through the hole to load the bases. Brianna Urena ’20 was then hit by a pitch as well to plate Brandeis’ first run. Two more would follow in the first. After 5, the Judges still maintained the lead at 5-3. The Violets did not go quietly, and were able to finally get to Macdonald in the sixth to plate four runs, taking the lead 7-5 and finishing the game.
NYU 6, Brandeis 3
The first game was the same story for the Judges, as they jumped out early to take a 1-0 lead after Amanda Shore ’18 singled to right to bring in junior catcher Keri Lehtonen ’19. The Violets scored in the bottom of the second to even things at one. The Judges, however, responded to NYU by scoring two runs in the third after Lehtonen was hit by a pitch and Melissa Rothenberg ’21 singled to get on. Shore then singled in two runs to take the lead 3-1. NYU scored one run in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 and erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead to 6-3; the score would remain that way for the rest of the game.
NYU 4, Brandeis 3
In the second game of a doubleheader on Friday, NYU struck for four runs in the first two innings. This would continue until the sixth when Brandeis tried to come back and plated three runs, but that was to be it for the Judges. Macdonald ’20 went the distance for the Judges as she scattered six hits over six innings, but those four runs were all the Violets needed to defeat the Judges.
Brandeis 5, NYU 0
Scottie Todd ’20 dazzled in the NYU opener as she threw her second shutout of the year. She was also crucial to the offense, going 3-5 on the day. Junior catcher Keri Lehtonen was even more dominant at the plate, however, as she went 3-4 and drove in all five of Brandeis’ runs after a grand slam in the fourth. That was her second homer of the year.
Brandeis 4, Wellesley 3
Taylor Simala ’20 went 2-3 as Brandeis defeated Wellesley 4-3. Sadie-Rose Apfel looked dominant; scattering three runs through five innings (two earned) before Callie Macdonald ’20 took over and got the win for the Judges as she improved to 3-8 on the year.
Brandeis 9, Wellesley 2
The Judges erupted for nine runs to defeat Wellesley 9-2. Amanda Shore ’18 powered the offense, going 3-3 with a home run, walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Scottie Todd ’20 was dominant in the circle as she went the distance to improve to 5-8 in the year.
Eastern Nazarene 4, Brandeis 3
Brandeis fell to Eastern Nazarene as ENC jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first. The offense was led by Maryssa Massoia ’19 who went 2-4 with an RBI. Macdonald took the loss as she falls to 2-8 this season.
Eastern Nazarene 4, Brandeis 1
The Judges were kept silent as they were only to tally one run against ENC. PJ Ross ’20 drove in the lone run as she doubled in Lehtonen in the fifth to break the shutout. Sadie Rose Apfel ’18 suffered the loss giving up four runs in three innings of work. Scottie Todd ’20 kept them quiet the rest of the game, but the damage was done.