From University of Rochester Athletics
Brittany Grage threw no-hit ball for four innings, hit two home runs, and drove in six runs as Rochester defeated Brandeis, 9-1, at the University Athletic Association softball championships on Friday morning.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Rochester (6-3 overall, 4-2 UAA) with the Yellowjackets scheduled to play Washington at 1 pm on Friday. Brandeis is 4-5 overall, 1-5 UAA after the loss.
Grage was 3-4 at the plate and scored twice. Kayla Kibling was 2-3 with two runs scored. Eleni Wechsler was 4-2. Julia Liberto drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single. In all, the Yellowjackets compiled 10 hits through five innings. The game was shortened due to the mercy rule.
On the mound, Grage struck out four and walked one. She stranded three runners through the first four innings (two reached base on an error and one walked) before yielding a double to Jordan Buscetto leading off the bottom of the fifth. Sam Malecki relieved. A groundout moved Buscetto to third and she scored when pinch-hitter Danielle Novotny grounded out.
Rochester scored twice in the first – Kibling was hit by a pitch and Grage homered to center two batters later. In the second the Yellowjackets scored five runs, one of them unearned. Gabi Alatorre reached on an error and Sara Wayson singled. Laurelle Byrne-Cody bunted the runners over. Kibling's single to left scored Alatorre. Jocelyn Blackshear walked and Grage followed with a grand slam home run over the left field fence. That chased Sadie-Rose Apfel. She was replaced by Samantha Wroblewski.
The Yellowjackets added two more runs in the fourth. Grage doubled to right center. Wechsler singled. Pinch-hitter Ashley Amidon was retired on a fly to left with Grage moving to third. Pinch-runner Cathleen Konopka stole second and Liberto singled to center, scoring both women.