April 11, 2007

Baseball falls to WPI, 10-2

WALTHAM, Mass. – The visiting WPI baseball team scored five unearned runs on five errors today to defeat the Brandeis University Judges, 10-2, on Marcus field.

WPI (12-13) scored multiple runs in four different innings, including two in the first and three in the third to open up a 5-0 lead. The Engineers scored on two Brandeis errors in the first, while their third run also came on a miscue. Their first RBI came on a two-run double in the third off the bat of senior DH Dan Mahoney (Troy, N.Y.). Senior catcher Matt Fiore (Wakefield, Mass.) added an RBI two-bagger of his own in the fifth to give WPI a 6-0 lead. A pair of bases-loaded walks in the six put the visitors ahead, 8-0.

Brandeis (10-9) finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI ground out by rookie 1B Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). Livada was safe on a WPI error, loading the bases, but a sharply-hit ball by senior SS Zach Golden was snared for a double play to end the threat.

Fiore was the top hitter on the day for WPI, going 4-5 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI. Mahoney finished up 1-3 with three RBI, a double and a run scored. Junior Brendan Devereaux (Holden, Mass.) improved to 2-2 on the season with six innings of five-hit ball. He struck out two and walked three, allowing just one earned run.

Brandeis had one multiple hitter on the afternoon, senior RF Ben Dashefsky (Massapequa, N.Y.), who was 2-3. Senior RF Shane Butland (Columbus, Ohio) had the Judges' other RBI. Sophomore James Collins (So. Boston, Mass.) suffered the loss in just his second start of the season to fall to 2-3.

The Judges are next in action tomorrow at Western New England College at 4:00 p.m., while WPI hosts Salve Regina at 3:30 p.m.