No. 21 softball splits with Bowdoin, 6-3 & 0-2, halting 12-game unbeaten streak

No. 21 softball splits with Bowdoin, 6-3 & 0-2, halting 12-game unbeaten streak

BRUNSWICK, Maine (courtesy Bowdoin sports information) -The 21st-ranked Brandeis softball team rallied for a 6-3 win the first game of a doubleheader at Bowdoin College's Pickard Field today, but the Polar Bears shut out the Judges in the second contest, 2-0, snapping a 12-game unbeaten streak for Brandeis in the process. The  Judges move to 18-5-1 while the Polar Bears stand at 17-8 this season.

Sophomore OF Brittany Grimm (Perkiomenville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) had three hits in the twinbill to pace the Judges, including a double and a pair of runs scored. Senior Emily Vaillette (Milford, N.H./Milford) earned the win in game one for Brandeis. Senior Clare Ronan (Jenkintown, Pa./Penn Charter) and rookie Gen Barlow (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Acad.) each reached  base three times and had an RBI apiece for Bowdoin. Polar Bear junior Kara Nilan (Pittsfield, Mass./Taconic) tossed a complete-game shutout for the victory in game two.

The Judges had to rally to take the opener after Bowdoin plated three in  the third inning behind RBI hits from Ronan, sophomore Hillary Smyth (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) and Barlow.  Brandeis got one run back in the fourth when senior catcher Erin Ross (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) came home to  score on a Bowdoin error. They chipped away with another score in the fifth thanks to sac fly from junior 2B Melissa Cagar (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and then scored three more to take the lead in the sixth frame. Cagar delivered the big blow with a  two-out, two-RBI single. Vaillette settled in after a shaky early patch, finishing with a complete game, allowing three earned runs, walking four and striking out six. Bowdoin's Julia Jacobs (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) was tagged with the loss after permitting four earned runs and striking out three in 5.2 innings.

Kara Nilan out-dueled Brandeis sophomore Caroline Miller (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Harriton) in game two as the teams combined for just nine hits - all singles - in a 2-0 Bowdoin win. The  Polar Bears manufactured the game's only runs in the third as Amy Hackett walked and stole second. After moving to third on a groundout, she came home on a Caroline Dewar single. Dewar then stole second and was plated by a Shavonne Lord single to give Bowdoin a 2-0 lead. That proved to be all Nilan would need, as she struck out two batters and allowed just five hits in the win. Miller walked two and permitted four hits while striking out five in the setback.

The Judges return to action on Wednesday when they take on Wheaton (Mass.) College, the alma mater of Brandeis head coach Jessica Johnson.