March 24, 2007

Baseball splits a pair of pitchers' duels in Northern opener at Roger Williams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Brandeis University baseball team split a doubleheader with host Roger Williams University today in a pair of pitchers' duels. The Judges dropped the opener, 2-0, before taking the second game, 1-0, in nine innnings.

In game one, Roger Williams sophomore James Lydon tossed a seven-inning two-hitter to defeat Brandeis junior Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ont.), 2-0. The Hawks got all the scoring they needed in the second inning on a two-out single by sophomore CF Radd Deweese. They added an insurance run in the fifth on a one-out single by sophomore RF Jamie Dahill.

Brandeis got a couple of runners as far as second base, but stranded runners there in the fifth and sixth innings, squandering a two-out double by senior RF Ben Dashefsky (Massapequa, N.Y.) in the sixth.

Lydon struck out six and walked just one while allowing the two Brandeis hits to improve to 3-0 on the season. Robinson allowed two earned runs in 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and striking out five. He falls to 1-2 on the season.

In game two, four Brandeis pitchers scattered nine hits, while RWU rookie Dan Roberge allowed just three, but the Judges made their only hit in the ninth inning count, turning it into the only run of the game. With two away in the second extra frame, rookie 1B Ryan Healey (Lynn, Mass.) walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Nick Gallagher (Southboro, Mass.) That brought up rookie catcher Artie Posch (Hopedale, Mass.), who knocked a double that scored Gallagher from first. Sophomore James Collins (So. Boston, Mass.) came in and allowed a lead-off single in the bottom of the ninth, but the runner was stranded on second as Collins earned his second save of the season.

Rookie Drew Brzozowski (Concord, Mass.) went 6.1 innings in the start. He scattered eight hits, stranding RWU runners in six of the seven innings he started. Junior Mike Dax (Delmar, N.Y.) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Brandeis moved to 5-4 on the season with the split, while Roger Williams is now 5-7.