WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis University baseball team suffered their third straight loss, 9-7, to Fitchburg State College in regional action. With the loss, the Judges drop to 10-12 on the year, while Fitchburg State moves to 10-6 with the victory.
Fitchburg State started off the game rolling on offense. They scored four times in the first inning as they saw all nine of their batters step to the plate. Fitchburg State sophomore 2B Brian Ware (Beverly, Mass/Beverly) started things off with a one-out double down the right field line. He scored on an RBI single to centerfield by senior LF Andy Sauer (Willington, Conn./E.O. Smith). Sauer and two others would also score in the inning to give the Falcons a 4-0 lead after one. Starting Brandeis sophomore P Pat Nicholson (E. Walpole, Mass./Walpole), only allowed one earned run of those four. For the game, he only allowed five earned on 11 hits.
Brandeis' offense started to chip away at the 4-0 deficit. They scored three runs in the next three innings. In the first inning, the Judges scored on a sacrifice fly by junior 1B Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/ Cape Elizabeth) to bring home senior LF Mike Alfego (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. John's) from third base. Alfego led off with a double down the leftfield line and advanced to third on a ground ball out. In the second, junior 2B John O'Brion (Portland, Maine/Portland) singled to centerfield and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior C Nick Gallagher (Southboro, Mass./St. John's) drove O'Brion in on an RBI double to leftfield. In the third, rookie 3B Jon Chu (Hollis Hills, N.Y./Bronx High School of Science) doubled to left and then scored on a RBI groundout by sophomore RF Eric Rosenberg (Oakland, N.J./ Indian Hills).
Fitchburg bumped their 4-3 lead to 5-3 in the top of the fifth but Brandeis erased that deficit by scoring three runs in the bottom half to take their first lead of the game, 6-5. The Judges scored the three runs on two hits and a fielder's choice. The big hit of the inning was a two-out two-run home run by O'Brion, his first of the season. O'Brion had the top Brandeis performance of the game going 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.
The Judges' one-run lead would be lost in the top half of the seventh inning. The Falcons' offense produced four runs to regain the lead, 9-6. They would go on to win the contest, 9-7, in a back-and-forth contest.
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