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Softball splits a pair of doubleheaders

Published: April 12, 2013
Section: Sports

The softball team split a doubleheader against Endicott College on Thursday, losing the first game 8-1 before losing the second one 4-2.

Endicott and Brandeis faced off five times last year, twice during the regular season and three times in the ECAC Tournament. The Judges won both regular season games in early April, but Endicott won two out of three tournament match-ups, including the championship game to win their first ever ECAC title.

In the first game Thursday, Endicott pitcher Nell O’Connor pitched seven innings and gave up only one run while Judges right fielder Leah McWilliams ’14 scored Brandeis’ only run and walked twice.

In the second game, Melissa Nolan ’14 earned the win for Brandeis, going six innings and giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk.

The Judges also split a doubleheader with the Wheaton College Lyons on Tuesday, dropping the first game 3-2 before bouncing back with a 2-1 win.

In the first game Casey Ducinski ’13 received the loss after giving up five hits and two earned runs in seven innings. Wheaton pitcher Noelle Christmas ’15 gave up seven hits and one earned run over eight but also struck out a game-high eight hitters.

In the top of the eighth inning, Christmas stranded the go-ahead run at third base with one out but managed to escape the jam. In the bottom of the eighth, two fielding errors by the Judges gave the Lyons the victory.

The second game of the doubleheader produced a better result for the Judges. Nolan gave up only four hits and one earned run in seven innings.