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Softball team splits doubleheader

Published: April 4, 2014
Section: Sports

The softball team split a doubleheader on Saturday with Husson University in Maine. The women won the first game 9-4 and lost the second 6-2.

Brandeis put the first run up as Amanda Genovese ’15 singled to begin the game and was brought home by an Anya Kamber ’15 double. The Eagles came back to take the lead in the second, coming up with a timely two-out double with a runner on first. The next three batters earned a hit to lead 4-1.

Incrementally, Brandeis managed to come back. Kamber drove in Madison Gagnon ’16 and Genovese in the third after the runners reached second and third base on steals. Cori Coleman ’15 scored in the fourth on a single by Nikki Cote ’15 thanks to an error by the left fielder. The next four batters reached base, but two fielders’ choices prevented the runner furthest along the base paths from scoring. With the game tied in the fifth, Coleman singled with two outs to extend the inning, eventually allowing a walk by Genovese to bring home Coleman. Coleman continued her hot streak in the sixth with a three-run homer with two outs.

While holding the lead the Judges did not slow down, adding a run in the seventh. Four consecutive hits in the final inning included a single by Kamber to bring home Genovese. Coleman led the game going 3-4 with three runs and three RBI’s, only a triple shy of hitting for a cycle. Her marks in runs, hits and RBI’s each tied or broke career-highs. Genovese, Kamber, Cote and Melissa Nolan ’14 each knocked in multiple hits. Kamber had four RBI’s, and Genovese scored three times. After a difficult second inning, senior co-captain Nolan pitched a gem, lasting the whole game and allowing six hits while striking out eight. She earned her second win of the season. In the complete game effort, Husson’s Kayla Merrill earned her first loss after earning four prior wins. Because of the team’s strong offense, the Judges left 11 runners on base. The Eagles had four errors to the Judges’ one.

Brandeis was not able to further their success in the following game. Once again, Genovese began the game with a single and subsequent run. Husson tied the game in the second, being able to score because of a wild pitch by Nolan on the previous at-bat. Emma Krulick ’17 entered in relief in the fourth allowing a hit to the first three batters before getting the final three out. One runner was able to score because of an earlier wild pitch.

The bottom of the fifth began badly for the Judges as an error allowed runners to reach second and third with no outs. Four hits in the inning produced two runs. Coleman hit a solo home run in the sixth to put the teams second run on the board but it was not enough. Two more Eagles runs in the sixth put the game out of reach, ending with Husson on top 6-2. Husson reacted strongly in this match, not being struck out a single time. Brandeis was able to eke out seven hits in the late game opposed to 16 in the earlier contest. Coleman was 2-3 with two RBI’s. The Eagles’ Amanda Ryan pitched a complete game to improve her record to 2-3.

Brandeis lost in a home opening doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2 9-6 and 11-1 against Wellesley College.