Letendre pitches well against WashU, but Judges fall, 5-3

SANFORD, Fla. -- Brandeis University sophomore righthander Craig Letendre (New Bedford, Mass.) tossed his first career complete game, but three unearned runs in the fifth inning cost him the victory as the Judges fell to defending champion Washington (Mo.) University in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Fla., today.

Brandeis (2-2, 1-2 UAA) fell behind 2-0 in the fourth inning when Bears LF Eddy Hoering knocked a two-out, two-run home run down the left field line. The Judges answered an inning later, loading the bases with one out. Senior 2B Scott Kuhen (Hamilton, N.J.) drove in Brandeis's first run with a grounder to first base, while senior LF Chris Navis (Walpole, Mass.) singled home catcher Phil Aurigemma (Westborough, Mass.) and sophomore 3B Malcolm Cone-Coleman (Portland, Maine) to give the Judges a 3-2 lead.

Washington (13-1, 3-0 UAA) bounced back in the bottom of the fifth. After Letendre retired the first two batters on six pitches, an error with the Bears' leadoff hitter at bat opened the doors for a big inning. The next four WashU batters singled, with 3B sam Hahn tying the score and SS Ryan Corning giving them the lead.

Letendre allowed just two more hits the rest of the way. For the game, he went a career-high eight innings and struck out nine WashU batters while walking just one. Offensively, senior SS Zach Golden (Milton, Mass.) went 2-3, while junior RF Ben Dashefsky (Massapequa, Mass.) was 2-4 with a run scored.