Softball: Judges split their games over break
The Brandeis capped off a busy week by falling to Emory University 10-1 on Saturday, recording a 3-3 record for the week. Besides for splitting the doubleheader with Emory, the Judges lost two more games to the Eagles on Friday, and won two contests against Fitchburg State University on Wednesday.
Emory 10, Judges 1
In the final game of a four-game series, Emory walloped the Judges in a game that was ended the fifth inning. Brandeis was actually able to put a run up on the board first when catcher Keri Lehtonen ’19 scored off of a base hit from outfielder Marissa DeLaurentis ’19. The Eagles took control of the game for good in the third inning when they scored four runs off of a bases-loaded two out rally.
In the fifth, Emory put up another four runs, putting the game well out of reach for the struggling Judges. For the team, pitcher Callie MacDonald ’20 took the loss for the day, as her overall record dropped to 2-7 by allowing nine total runs, five of which were earned.
Brandeis 6, Emory 1
The first game was a very different affair for the squad, as they held Emory to only one run on a dominant defensive performance. Both teams were held scoreless for much of the game, as the first runs were not scored till the fifth inning. With outfielder Bridget Cifuni ’21 standing on third base, second baseman Marysa Massoia ’19 bunted, allowing Cifuni to score the go ahead run off of the suicide squeeze. Pitcher Scottie Todd ’20 connected on a single a few batters later, plating Lehtonen.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Judges added four more runs as they blew the game open. DeLaurentis and Todd each had runs batted in during the inning. Todd also dominated on the mound in addition to her batting totals. She allowed only one run in her seven innings pitched, which was unearned. She gave up five hits and one walk on the day, improving her record to 3-5.
Emory 10, Judges 1
In the second game of a doubleheader on Friday, the Judges could not get their offense going as they were outscored by nine. The team allowed a home run in the very first inning as Emory began their lethal offensive attack. The game was stopped in the fifth inning as the mercy rule was implimented to hand the victory to the Eagles. MacDonald recorded the loss as she allowed nine earned runs. Todd recorded the only run batted in for the squad.
Emory 2, Judges 0
Even though it was not the crushing defeat of the second game, the Judges did fall in a closely contested matchup. Pitching efficiently for the squad was Todd, who did not allow a run till the fourth inning. Todd also broke up a no-hitter attempt for Emory when she recorded a base hit in the fifth inning. However, the squad was unable to score a run in any inning of the contest. With the victories Emory improved to 19-7 overall, including 10-0 against UAA competition.
Judges 11, Fitchburg State 3
MacDonald led the team at home against Fitchburg State on Wednesday, only allowing two earned runs in six innings pitched. Shortstop Jolie Fujita ’21 hit a three-run home run with no outs in the first inning that gave the Judges a 3-0 lead early. Overall, the team hit four home runs in the game as they dominated offensively.
Judges 7, Fitchburg State 0
Like MacDonald in the second game, Todd was dominant on the mound for the Judges. She only allowed two hits as she threw a complete game shutout. She also got on base in all three of her plate appearances.
The Judges will next be in action today when they battle Eastern Nazarene College in a doubleheader.