PEORIA, Ariz. - On February 21, Brandeis' University baseball team lost its third straight game, 6-2, to Washington and Lee. A 2-2 tie going into the seventh inning was snapped by Washington and Lee as they produced four runs on four hits and two errors. With the loss, Brandeis falls to 2-3 on the year, while Washington and Lee moves to 4-1 with the victory.
Washington and Lee opened the scoring in the first inning. Senior CF Terrence McKelvey (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) led off with a double to right-center field. He stole third and then scored on a pass ball. Brandeis answered in the fourth as senior 2B Nick Gallagher (Southboro, Mass./St. John's) singled to right field. Gallagher moved to second after junior 1B Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) was hit by a pitch. He then got to third on a wild pitch by General sophomore Gregg Laswell (Houston, Texas/ Memorial). With one out, rookie LF Jon Chu (Hollis Hills, N.Y./ Bronx Science) rolled one over to second to drive in Gallagher.
Brandeis picked up their second run in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Senior DH Mike Alfego (Shrewsbury, Mass./St. John's) led the inning off with a single to left field. Sophomore CF Tony Deshler (Pepperell, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and junior 3B James Likis (Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge Ridge and Latin) followed by adding in two singles to load the bases for the Judges. Junior C Artie Posch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) was then walked by Laswell which allowed Alfego to score. Laswell was now in a jam as the Judges had bases loaded with no outs. Laswell got out of the inning with a timely 1-2-3 double play and then a strike out.
The Generals came back in the bottom half of the sixth inning to tie the score at 2-2 on an RBI single by senior Andrew Henderson (Atlanta, Ga./Pace). They took control of the game in the bottom of the seventh, when they scored four times on four hits and two errors which proved to be the offense needed for the victory.
In the loss, Alfego and sophomore LF Tony Deshler (Pepperell, Mass./Lawrence Academy) were the only two Judges with multi-hit games as they each went 2-for-4 from the dish. Sophomore P Justin Duncombe (Canyon County, Calif./Canyon) got the no-decision he went five-and-two-thirds innings, striking out three and allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks.