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Softball Swept by Brandeis

Softball Swept by Brandeis

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Scottie Todd (Tampa, Fla.) tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener and classmate Callie MacDonald (Hanover, Mass.) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning to help visiting Brandeis University sweep a non-conference softball doubleheader at Babson College on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers dropped the opener 6-0 before falling 4-2 in the nightcap.

Babson, which was fifth in the initial NCAA regional rankings, falls to 24-14 on the year, while Brandeis snapped a three-game skid to improve to 11-17 overall.

GAME ONE: Brandeis 6, Babson 0
Senior Samantha Smith (Hillsborough, N.J.) had two hits and junior Annie Quine (Santa Monica, Calif.) doubled and walked twice for the Beavers. Sophomore Brooke Stock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) gave up six runs, just two of them earned, on eight hits while striking out eight to fall to 7-7 on the year with the loss.

Todd (6-6) struck out four while tossing a six-hit shutout in the circle, in addition to hitting a two-run homer for the Judges. Junior Marissa DeLaurentis (Centerreach, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and first-year Melissa Rothenberg (Lawrenceville, N.J.) drove in two runs in the win.

Brandeis took advantage of a two-out fielding error by Babson to score four runs in the top of the third. DeLaurentis came through with a two-run double to the gap in right center and Todd followed with a two-run homer off the foul pole in left to make it 4-0.

The Beavers were unable to get on the board despite loading the bases with two outs in both the fourth and fifth innings, and the Judges tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh as Rothenberg slapped down a squeeze bunt that brought home first-year Bridget Cifuni (Georgetown, Mass.) from third and senior Keri Lehtonen (Oneco, Conn.) from second to make it 6-0.

GAME TWO: Brandeis 4, Babson 2
Senior Nicole Civello (Huntington Station, N.Y.) came off the bench to single and score, while classmate Erica Pavlo (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and first-year Jamie Hoffman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) both doubled for the Beavers. Sophomore Katie Gademsky (Hillsborough, N.J.), who added an RBI groundout, suffered the loss to fall to 3-3 after giving up three earned runs on six hits over 7.0 innings.

MacDonald (4-10) gave up just one run on four hits and three walks in a complete-game effort for the Judges. First-year Jolie Fujita (Honolulu, Hawaii) went 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI and two runs scored, while senior Amanda Shore (San Jose, Calif.) added two hits and an RBI in the win.

Gademsky and MacDonald dominated over the first four innings before Brandeis broke the scoreless deadlock in the fifth. Lehtonen drew a one-out walk and scored on Fujita's triple to the wall in right center for the game's first run, and Shore followed with a single up the middle to plate Fujita for a 2-0 advantage.

Brandeis took advantage of an error in the sixth to make it 3-0 on first-year Lena Shapiro's (Beverly Hills, Calif.) sacrifice fly to center, and then tacked on another insurance run thanks to a sacrifice fly by sophomore Taylor Simala (Wellsburg, W.Va.) in the seventh.

Smith broke up MacDonald's no-hit bid with one out in the sixth and the Green and White finally got on the board in the last of the seventh. Civello's hard single to right center drove in sophomore Annie Mitchell (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Hoffman drilled a double to center to bring the tying run to the plate. Gademsky drove in Civello to make it 4-2, but MacDonald got a grounder to first to close out the win.

Babson returns to action next Wednesday when it faces Emerson in its opening game of the NEWMAC Tournament at 2:30 p.m. in Worcester. Brandeis travels to Worcester State for a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES
• The Beavers are 28-18 all-time against Brandeis.
• Babson, which entered the day with a .964 fielding percentage made five errors in two games against the Judges.
• The Green and White is now 17-0 when allowing two runs or less but just 7-14 when giving up three runs or more.

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