March 21, 2006

Baseball downs Wentworth in home opener, 15-5

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University baseball team scored 14 runs over the first five innings today to cruise past the visiting Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards, 15-5, in the Judges' home opener on Stein Diamond.

Brandeis (5-3) got 18 hits from 11 different players in the contest, while eight of the nine starters recorded RBI. Senior SS Zach Golden (Milton, Mass.) led the way with a 3-5 performance, scoring three runs and driving in one. Junior 3B Jeff Bourdon (North Adams, Mass.) went 2-5 with a game-high three RBI and a run scored.

Brandeis senior 1B/CF Chris Navis (Walpole, Mass.) got the ball rolling today by leading off the bottom of the first inning as part of a 2-4 performance. It was Navis's first home run of the season, the third of his career and helped Brandeis get off to a 5-0 lead after one inning. The Judges added a round-tripper in the bottom of the second from junior DH Jon Winston (Nanuet, N.Y.), who went 2-4 with two RBI, three runs scored and a double to go with his home run. The two-run shot to left field was his third of the season and the seventh of his career. With three circuit clouts this season, Winston has already matched his career-high set as a rookie in 2004.

On the hill, Brandeis set an NCAA Division III record as 10 different pitchers combined for the victory. Senior lefty Tim Dunphy (Cambridge, Mass.) earned the victory with a 1-2-3 fifth inning, striking out two to improve to 1-2 on the season. Senior Peter Goodridge (Salem, Mass.) and sophomore Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ontario) combined to strike out the side in the eighth inning.

Wentworth (2-9) was paced by rookie LF Aaron LaPlante (Charlestown, N.H.), who went 3-4 with a triple and a run scored, while classmate 1B Kris Landry (Haverhill, Mass.) was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI. The Leopards scored four runs in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded single by Landry followed by a hit-batsman and two wild pitches. Rookie SS Mike Rall (East Hampton, Conn.) drove in WIT's last run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Brandeis is next in action Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., while Wentworth takes the field Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at MIT.