ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.- The Brandeis University softball team picked up their second win of the season in a 3-2 University Athletic Association win over #16 Rochester. With the victory, the Judges move to 2-4 overall, 2-2 in the UAA while Rochester falls to 6-5, 1-3 in the UAA.
Both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings. Rochester broke the 0-0 deadlock in the top of the third as they scored two runs on two hits and two errors. The first run came on a two-out RBI double to right center by rookie Nikki Lee DiSalvio (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon). Their second run came off a Brandeis throwing error for the second unearned run of the inning. Rochester P Beth Amano (Buffalo, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) held the Judges to only two hits until the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Brandeis junior SS Chelsea Korp (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) led things off with a single to third base. She was followed up by sophomore 2B Melisa Cagar (Ridgewood, Conn./Ridgewood) who walked and pushed Korp up to second base. With still nobody out, rookie RF Samantha Gajewski (Elkridge, Md./Long Reach) reached on a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline. The third baseman made a play on the ball but committed an error, allowing Korp to score from second. With no outs, Cagar and Gajewski produced a key double steal to get both players into scoring position. Rookie DH Marianne Specker (So. Windsor, Conn./Westminster School) singled up the middle to drive in Cagar and move Gajewski to third. The Judges scored one more run on an RBI groundout by rookie 3B Brittany Grimm (Perkiomenville, Pa/Perkiomen Valley) which drove in Gajewski and put Brandeis up 3-2.
The Judges' 3-2 lead would not be lost as Rochester looked to tie it up but failed. Brandeis rookie P Caroline Miller (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Harriton) pitched extremely well to earn her first collegiate win as a Judge. In 6.0 innings pitched she gave up five hits, two runs (both unearned) and only one walk while striking out five before handing the ball off in the seventh inning to junior P Emily Vaillette (Milford, NH/Milford). Vaillette came in and pitched a perfect inning to record her first save on the year.
In their second game of the day,