O'Brion, Livada go deep to lead baseball past Salve, 11-7

NEWPORT, R.I. (courtesy SRU sports information) - Brandeis University built a 7-0 lead through five innings and then held off a valiant rally by host Salve Regina University to prevail 11-7 in a non-league baseball game in Newport.

Judges leadoff batter Tony Deshler (Pepperell, Mass.) collected three hits and had a stolen base and scored a run. Sophomore first baseman Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and his classmate John O'Brion (Portland, Maine) each hit a solo home run in the second and third innings, respectively.

Starting pitcher Drew Brzozowski (Concord, Mass.) threw hitless ball through 5 1/3 innings before Seahawk senior infielder Adam Gingras (No. Attleboro, Mass.) reached him for a one-out single in the sixth. Senior outfielder Brendan Haire (Waterford, Conn.) was then hit by a pitch (the 22nd HBP in his career, a school record).

Four straight base hits by Matt Finlayson (Higganum, Conn.), Justin Collett (So. Portland, Maine), Riley Diaz (Miami, Fla.), and Robert Peruzzotti (Mystic, Conn.) helped produce five runs for Salve Regina (10-7). Gingras doubled in a run in the seventh and came home on a Haire single, drawing Salve Regina within one run of Brandeis, 8-7.

Brandeis (6-4) scored three times in the eighth without benefit of a hit and when Salve Regina went scoreless in the bottom of the frame, the game was called due to darkness. The Judges have now won 13 of 14 meetings with the Seahawks.