March 13, 2007

Winston, Posch lead Brandeis baseball past No. 19 Emory, 9-4

SANFORD, Fla. -- Senior LF Jon Winston (Nanuet, N.Y.) and rookie catcher Artie Posch (Hopedale, Mass.) each had a double and a home run today and junior lefty Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ont.) threw his third career complete game as the Brandeis University baseball team upended 19th-ranked Emory University, 9-4, in the Judges' University Athletic Association opener.

Brandeis (2-0) wasted no time in jumping on Emory (12-2) rookie Adam Gumm, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on Winston's first home run of the campaign. The Judges added three more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. With two away, Posch went deep for his second blast of the season. Senior 2B Jeff Bourdon (No. Adams, Mass.) followed with a double, scoring on a single by rookie 3B James Likis (Cambridge, Mass.). Rookie 1B Ryan Healey (Lynn, Mass.) doubled to plate Likis and give the Judges a five-run advantage.

Emory answered in the top of the fourth on a lead-off double by rookie CF Tommy Dugan, who advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on an attempted double-steal. The Eagles trimmed the lead to 5-4 with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Junior leadoff hitter and 3B Frank Pfister reached on an error and scored two batters later on a single by senior SS Brandon Custer. Custer came home on a pinch double by senior Bo Schill, while rookie Will Gumm added a pinch RBI that got EU within one, but Robinson retired Dugan on a fly ball to right to end the inning.

Brandeis got the runs back in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of a pair of walks to junior CF Chuck Sheehan (Lexington, Mass.) and senior SS Zach Golden (Milton, Mass.), who both scored on a two-run double by Winston. Posch followed with an RBI double of his own, and Likis singled home the final run of the game, as Robinson worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth to strike out two of the last three batters in the ninth inning.

Winston finished with the big day for the Judges, going 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, while Posch was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Both had a double and a home run. Likis and Sheehan also turned in multi-hit games. On the hill, Robinson tossed his first complete game since 2005, scattering six hits and striking out five while walking just two, allowing four runs (two earned).

Brandeis takes on the University of Rochester tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. in their second UAA contest of 2007.