From Brandeis University Athletics/Worcester State Athletics
The Worcester State Lancers lost one and won one to split in the doubleheader with the Brandeis University Judges Friday afternoon at Rockwood Park. The Lancers' record moves to 6-9-1 on the season, while the Judges maintain a winning record at 11-10.
GAME ONE: Brandeis 6, Worcester State 2
Brandeis put up the first run of the game in the top of the second inning when junior Allison Hecht (Melville, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East) reached base after being hit by a pitch. Teammate junior Madison Hunter (Parker, Colo. / Legend High School) grounded out to the pitcher, advancing Hecht to second. Hecht was able to move to third base following a single by Brandeis sophomore Amanda Shore (San Jose, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty). Hecht was able to score on a sacrifice fly from rookie Keri Lehtonen (Oneco, Conn. / Plainfield), advancing the score to 1-0.
Brandeis continued to take the lead ahead of the Lancers in the third inning as senior Madison Sullivan (Dover, N.H. / Dover) hit a two-run home run scoring herself and junior Leah Shapiro (Beverly Hills, Calif. / Beverly Hills) at the plate to give them the 3-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third the Lancers struck back, scoring two runs on hits from Rachel Couto, Sydney Despres, and Taylor Daniels. Couto started the Lancers off strong with a base hit through the right side of the field. With two outs, Despres doubled to right-center, advancing Cuoto to third base. Next at bat for the Lancers was Daniels who ripped the ball to right-field, earning three bases and two RBIs. With Daniels' hit, she was able to score Cuoto and Despres home to close the gap to 3-2.
The Judges were able to pull ahead of the Lancers, scoring one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, resulting in a 6-2 win over the Lancers.
Worcester State's pitcher, Mary McKeown suffered the loss, pitching three innings for the Lancers and allowing four hits. Brandeis' pitcher, junior Melissa Soleimani (Somerset, Mass. / Somerset Berkley Regional) earned the win pitching a complete game allowing seven hits and only two earned runs.
GAME TWO: Worcester State 6, Brandeis 4
After falling behind 4-3 as the Judges scored three runs in the top of the 4th inning, the Worcester State Lancers matched the three runs in the bottom of the 5th to steal away a 6-4 lead to take the win as the game was cut short (six innings) due to lightning in the area.
Brandeis reached the scoreboard in the top of the 1st when senior Madison Gagnon (Westlake Village, Calif. / Westlake) scored Lehtonen at the plate on a sacrifice bunt. Though, the Lancers knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning as Kayla Humphrey hit an RBI single to left-center, scoring Dakota Smith-Porter at the plate.
The Lancers added one run apiece in the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the 3-1 advantage over the Judges.
However, the Judges came in and stole the lead in the top of the 4th when rookie Marissa DeLaurentis (Centereach, N.Y. / St. John the Baptist Diocesesan) singled to right field for an RBI, scoring two runs (one unearned) at the plate. Moments later, senior Jordan Buscetto (Old Lyme, Conn. / Old Lyme) hit a sacrifice fly to score in DeLaurentis at the plate, giving the Judges the 4-3 lead.
The Lancers bounced back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th when back-to-back doubles from Courtney Salisbury and Smith-Porter gave the Lancers' their two winning runs at the plate on hits from Humphrey, Hayley Terry, and Couto.
Worcester's Humphrey went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, while Smith-Porter also marked a perfect batting average going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Terry batted a game-high two runs in as she went 2-for-3 in the batter's box. For the Judges, Gagnon went a perfect 1-for-1 at the plate with an RBI, while Hunter batted .666 (2-for-3) and Buscetto and junior Liana Moss (Agoura Hills, Calif. / Agoura.) went .500 in game number two.
Worcester's Julie Melanson records the win, as she pitched for six innings, giving up four runs (two unearned) on nine hits. For the Judges, sophomore Sadie-Rose Apfel (Stamford, Conn. / Westhill) moves to 3-3 on the season, pitching five innings and allowing six runs on eleven hits.