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Baseball: Judges beat Bowdoin in marathon game, fall to Keene St.

Published: April 30, 2010
Section: Sports

Sean O’hare ’12 (No. 11 right), Brandeis' short-stop dives back to first, avoiding a pick-off move.
PHOTOS BY Robbie Hammer/The Hoot

The Brandeis baseball team presented fans with a lot of excitement this week, earning a come from behind victory against the Bowdoin Polar Bears (21-11), the seventh ranked team in the region.

The Judges (11-22) claimed a 17-15 victory in their last regular season home game despite trailing by seven runs in the eighth inning. In the top of the eighth, the Polar Bears posted six runs, before the Judges had 12 batters hit in the bottom of the inning, and scored nine runs.

Andrew Weissenberg ’13 helped get the Judges out of their rough top of the eighth when he forced Bowdoin’s shortstop Reid Auger to ground into an inning ending double play.

In the bottom half of the inning Judges’ second baseman James Likis ’10 helped the Judges by hitting a fly ball, which was misplayed, into left field, allowing one run to score while Nick Cortese ’13 walked and Likis later scored after advancing on a passed ball.

While the Polar Bears tried to mount a last minute comeback in the top of the ninth, Alex Tynan ’12 earned his first career save for the Judges, and helped seal the victory.

After three hours and four minutes and 37 total hits for both teams, the Judges, thanks in large part to Jon Chu ’12 who went 5-for-6 at the plate and Tony Deshler ’11 who went 3-for-6, the Judges gave their fans a perfect ending to their last home game.

On Thursday, the Judges moved on to face off against Keene State College but couldn’t find the strength they drew from their home crowd the day before and ended up dropping the game 15-8.

Over the weekend the Judges will face of against Wheaton on Saturday at 1 p.m. and UMass Dartmouth Sunday at 1 p.m.