The Brandeis softball team's tremendous season came to a close in an elimination game in the NCAA tournament at Wellesley College, as the Judges dropped a 4-1 decision to Coast Guard. The Judges seniors depart with 118 career wins, four post-season tournaments, including an ECAC crown and their first NCAA berth.
For the second time this season, the Brandeis softball team had trouble with Eastern Connecticut State University's Molly Rathbun, as the Judges fell to the Warriors' ace, 7-0, in the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tournament regional. The Judges had just one hit and will face Coast Guard tomorrow at noon in an elimination game.
The Brandeis softball team, currently 28-7-1 and in the midst of their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, has placed five members on the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-New England region team. Sophomores Brittany Grimm and Marianne Specker were first-team selections and are eligible for All-America honors, while Emily Vaillette and Stacy Berg are on the second team and Melisa Cagar on the third team, her third All-New England selection.
Junior 2B Melisa Cagar ripped a two-run single through the right side on an 0-2 count with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning and sophomore Caroline Miller retired the side in the top of the seventh as the second-seeded Brandeis softball team rallied to defeat No. 3 Coast Guard, 7-6, in the NCAA tournament. The Judges take on Eastern Connecticut tomorrow at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Senior Emily Vaillette tossed a two-hit shutout, her school-record 10th of her career, as the Brandeis softball team defeated Endicott College, 8-0, in five innings in their first-ever NCAA tournament game. The Judges pounded out 11 hits and will face Coast Guard tomorrow at 4 p.m.
On May 6, the Brandeis Department of Athletics held its annual Student-Athlete Recognition and Award Dinner. Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa and Dean of Students Rick Sawyer were on hand to give out awards to 10 different student-athletes. Read about the winners here!
On the eve of their NCAA debut, Jen Slothower of the Waltham Daily News Tribune writes about the Brandeis softball team's inaugural trip to the NCAA tournament. She spoke with captains Chelsea Korp '10 and Melisa Cagar '11, as well as UAA Coach of the Year Jessica Johnson.
Following the most successful regular season in school history, the Brandeis University softball team has earned first-ever NCAA Division III tournament berth. The second-seeded Judges, ranked 17th in the nation in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III poll, will play at Wellesley College, where they will take on seventh-seeded Endicott College on Thursday, May 13, in their first game at 4 p.m.
Sophomores Marianne Specker and Brittany Grimm have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Softball team as outfielders, as selected by CoSIDA. Specker was a second-team All-District selection, while Grimm was named to the third team.
A pair of sophomores, Jon Chu of the baseball team and Marianne Specker of the softball squad, were selected as the University Athletic Association Hitters of the Week for the week ending May 2. Chu hit .476 with seven RBI as the baseball team went 2-3, while Specker was .647 with 10 RBI in a 5-1 week.
Five Brandeis softball players were named to the 2010 All-University Athletic Association team today, while head coach Jessica Johnson (left) and assistant coach Melissa Dubay were named the Coaching Staff of the Year. Junior Melisa Cagar, sophomore Brittany Grimm and senior Emily Vaillette were first-team selections, while rookie Stacy Berg and senior Erin Ross were second-team members.
On senior day for the Brandeis softball team, the Judges defeated Framingham State College, 9-1, behind an Emily Vaillette three-hitter in the opener of a doubleheader. The Judge bats couldn't get a timely hit against the Rams in game two, as they fell, 4-1. Ranked second in New England and 18th nationally, the Judges will await word on their postseason fate on May 10.
The Brandeis bats pounded out 24 hits, 13 going for extra bases today, as the 18th-ranked Judges defeated Emerson College, 9-1 and 11-3 in a pair of mercy-rule shortened games. Senior catcher/DP Erin Ross led the way for the Judges, going 5-for-7 with three doubles.
In their final regularly-scheduled road games of the season, the Brandeis softball team avenged a pair of losses from a year ago with a sweep of Rhode Island College, 9-3 and 6-5. Senior hurler Emily Vaillette earned a win and a save, while junior Danielle Lavallee wielded the big bat in game one and sophomore Marianne Specker did the damage in game two.
UPDATE, April 26: Because of opponent scheduling conflicts, the baseball doubleheader at Trinity that was rained out on Sunday will not be made up. In addition, because of postponements with the NEWMAC softball tournament, Tuesday's Brandeis-Babson doubleheader will also be canceled, with no make-up date. The softball team will instead host Framingham State on Sunday, May 2 at noon.
Junior 2B Melisa Cagar hit her fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome a fine all-around performance from Eastern Connecticut State's Molly Rathbun, who drove in all three runs and struck out 13 batters as the #19 Warriors knocked off the #14 Judges, 3-2. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was called because of darkness.
Rookie catcher/designated player Stacy Berg has been named the UAA Softball Hitter of the Week. The third Judge to earn that honor this season, Berg leads the 14th-ranked Judges into action on Thursday against No. 19 Eastern Connecticut State at 4 p.m. in the first-ever meeting of two nationally-ranked teams on Marcus Field.
Two huge innings lifted the 20th-ranked Brandeis softball team past host Wesleyan University today. The Judges scored six in the seventh to close out game one, 8-0, and then plated 13 runs in the first inning of game two en route to a 17-4 win. The Judges batted around twice in the first inning, with the first nine batters reaching before an out was made.
Brandeis senior softball pitcher Emily Vaillette is among the national leaders in Division III in earned run average, wins, shutouts and four other statistical categories. She has the Judges ranked No. 20 in the nation with a 20-5-1 record and you can learn more about her this recent article by Gary Fitz in the Nashua Telegram.
Behind the big bat of rookie catcher/DP Stacy Berg, the 20th-ranked Brandeis University softball team swept visiting Wheaton College, 9-1 and 11-4, to reach the 20-win plateau for the season. Berg reached base in all eight plate appearances in the twinbill, going 5-for-5 with three walks, two doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored.
Three Brandeis student-athletes have received recent University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honors. Junior Rachel Rosman was honored for women's tennis for April 5, while senior Chelsea Korp and junior Charles Sacks were recognized for softball and golf, respectively, on April 12.
Brandeis junior 2B Melisa Cagar drive in three runs to lead the 21st-ranked Judges to victory in the opener of a doubleheader with host Bowdoin College, 6-3. In game two, the Polar Bears blanked the Judges for only the second time this season, 2-0, to earn a split and snap a 12-game Brandeis unbeaten streak.
Senior Emily Vaillette and sophomore Caroline Miller each tossed seven scoreless innings of work today as the Judges defeated Clark, 7-2 and 4-0. The hurlers struck out 10 each while allowing 10 hits between them, as Brandeis improved to 10-0-1 in their last 11 games.
The WBRS radio crew will be covering seven Judges contests this spring, including their first-ever softball broadcasts. In addition, they have recapped the men's basketball team's run to the Elite Eight on their web page. Click the headline for more!
Behind five hits and seven RBI from rookie Stacy Berg and five RBI - including two walk-off hits - by junior Courtney Kelley, the 21st-ranked Brandeis softball team swept a doubleheader from WPI, 10-1 and 12-4. With the wins, the Judges are now unbeaten in their last nine contests.
Sophomore outfielder Brittany Grimm earned University Athletic Association and New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association Hitter of the Week honors for March 30 after leading the 20th-ranked Judges to five wins and a tie in six contests. She hit .591 with five doubles, two triples and two home runs for a 1.273 slugging percentage on the week.
The Brandeis softball team got a two-hit shutout from senior Emily Vaillette in the opener and 5.1 innings of fine relief from sophomore Caroline Miller in the second game as the 20th-ranked Judges defeated Salem State, 7-0 and 10-5, in their first two true road games of the season.
Sophomore outfielder Brittany Grimm continued her hot hitting with four doubles in seven at-bats today as the Brandeis softball team, ranked No. 20 in the nation, faced Lasell in a doubleheader. The Judges won game one, 9-6, before darkness called an end to game two with the scored tied, 2-2.
On the strength of a pair of wins over another nationally-ranked UAA squad, the Brandeis softball team earned their first-ever national ranking from the NFCA. The Judges, who were 14th in the most recent poll, placed three players - senior pitcher Emily Vaillette, junior 2B Melisa Cagar and sophomore 3B Brittany Grimm - on the UAA All-Tournament team.
The Brandeis softball team, ranked No. 14 in the nation in Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, split a doubleheader with Wellesley College in their first-ever games as a ranked team. The Judges fell, 9-7, in the opener, but bounced back to win, 6-3, in the nightcap.