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Softball team splits doubleheader with UMass Boston

Published: April 25, 2014
Section: Sports

The softball team went 2-4 in their last six games, each a part of a doubleheader. Brandeis began a doubleheader at UMass Boston with a tough 8-7 loss on the 18th. The Judges began the game on a high note, with Madison Gagnon ’16 and Cori Coleman ’15 earning walks and Liana Moss ’17 reaching on an error by the centerfielder to load the bases with one out. Anya Kamber ’15 doubled to left center to bring home two runners. The Judges would extend their lead in the next inning after a Jordan Buscetto ’16 walk and Madison Hunter ’17 and Gagnon reaching on fielder’s choices. Buscetto would get out at third but Moss hit a three-run home run that hit the left field foul pole to extend the lead to five. The Beacons then attempted to lessen the gap in the bottom of the second as Toni Scola was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She scored on a Lauren Mitsiaris single up the middle and after Lyndsey Capra hit a triple to left center, another run was earned. After a wild pitch, Capra managed to score.

The Judges’ offense continued in the next two innings. Madison Sullivan ’16 began the inning being hit by a pitch. A single by Melissa Nolan ’14 followed by an error advanced Sullivan to home and Nolan to second. Buscetto entered the bases after being hit with no outs but the next three at-bats resulted in outs. Moss began the fourth with a single before Kamber reached on an error by the shortstop. Sullivan singled down the right field line, scoring Moss. Down 7-3, three walks and a wild pitch brought home a run for UMass Boston in the fourth. They would mount their great comeback in the fifth that had them leaving the inning on top. Gia Raczkowski hit a solo homer to left that would have brought in an additional run if Erika Vecchiet was not thrown out trying to steal second. Kelsey Svenson subsequently walked and Scola reached on a bunt single before both advanced on a double steal. Mitsiaris reached on a bunt single, advancing to second on the throw and bringing home both base runners. Tied 7-7, Capra tripled to right center to bring home the leading run. The Judges would have two innings to tie the game up but could not produce.

Moss went 2-3 with three RBI’s, three runs and a walk. Gagnon had two runs, Nolan had two hits and Kamber had two RBI’s. Nolan falls to 5-2 with five strikeouts and six walks. Melissa Soleimani ’17 pitched the final inning and a third inning without allowing a hit. Additionally, Michelle Zullo advanced to 5-7 with the win. She pitched a complete game allowing seven hits and one earned run, walking and striking out five. In the end, the Beacons made four errors.

The evening game of the doubleheader was much easier for the Judges, coming out on top 8-0 in five innings. Sullivan and Nolan were each 2-3 with an RBI. Sullivan also scored twice. Nikki Cote ’15 pitched the complete game, allowing only five hits while striking out five for her fourth win.

The team lost a doubleheader at Bowdoin College on April 19 and split a doubleheader against Clark University on Tuesday. The team will finish the regular season with doubleheaders against Emerson College at home on Saturday and at Babson College on Tuesday. At the moment they are 16-16.