Judges fall to 9–13 after devastating defeat by WashU
The Judges baseball team sought to avenge a disappointing trip to Emory University last weekend. Unfortunately, this weekend resulted in another sweep at the hands of a University Athletic Association opponent, as Washington University in Saint Louis came to Waltham and won all four matchups with the Judges. Here is a breakdown of each game.
Bears 15, Judges 0
The first game of the weekend series with Washington University in St. Louis ended in devastation for the Judges. The first half of the game was a pitching duel between Brandeis southpaw Greg Tobin ’21 and Bears pitcher, John Howard ’19. Washington scored a run off Tobin in the first, while Howard didn’t allow a hit through five innings when Dan Frey ’21 singled off of him. The Bears scored three runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings and tacked on another run in the eighth, culminating in an 8–0 lead. Tobin wound up going six innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs (five earned), striking out five and walking one. Washington then a scored seven more runs in the top of the ninth inning against the Brandeis bullpen, leading to a final score of 15–0 in a game where the Judges only recorded three base hits — none for extra bases.
Bears 4, Judges 3 (Final 10 innings)
The Judges nearly pulled off an upset win in the first game of a double header against 18th ranked Washington University on Saturday morning, but wound up losing both contests. In the first game, the Bears scored twice in the top of the first before the Judges replied with two of their own in their half of the first thanks to RBI’s from Dan Frey ’21 and Luke Hall ’21. Brandeis then gained the lead, 3–2 in the third inning when Isaac Fossas ’21 drove in classmate Mike Khoury ’21 with a double. Strong pitching from Kyle Shedden ’20, Rik Jhamb ’22, Albert Gutierrez ’21, and Daniel Schupper ’19 shut down the Bears' bats for the next seven innings, as the Judges took a 3–2 lead into the ninth inning. Washington played small ball in the ninth inning to tie the game at three without recording a hit — sending the game to extra innings. Two walks and a base hit allowed the Bears to take the lead in the top of the tenth inning — a lead they would hold onto to win 4–3.
-Editors Note: This article originally incorrectly reported the author. The article has been updated to reflect that the author is Noah Gans.
Bears 10, Judges 4
For the second time on the day, both teams scored in the first inning. After Washington scored, Victor Oppenheimer ’20 hit the first home run of the weekend for the Judges, blasting one to deep centerfield, and earning his third of the season. Oppenheimer then drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second inning to give the Judges the lead on his second RBI of the afternoon. The lead didn’t last long, however, as the Bears stormed back with seven runs over the course of the next four innings to take an 8–2 lead. The Judges clawed two runs back, hoping to jumpstart a thrilling comeback. Alex Parrott ’21 beat out a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning to drive in a run before he reached on a pass ball off a strikeout in the seventh, causing another run to score. That was all the offense could generate, unfortunately, as the game ended 10–4 in favor of the visitors.
Bears 11, Judges 0
For the second straight weekend, the Brandeis baseball team suffered a sweeping loss against a UAA foe, losing the fourth game out of four against Washington University. The Judges managed just one hit and drew three walks against impressive Washington starter, Matt Ashbaugh ’20, who didn’t allow a baserunner to reach third base all day. Brandeis starter Mason Newman ’21 allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings of work on the mound. After scoring in the third, the Bears tacked on four runs in the fifth inning and six more in the seventh inning, invoking the 10-run “mercy” rule, ending the game in the seventh inning.