Brandeis Softball 2012 News

July 11, 2013
Seventeen from spring sports added to the All-UAA Silver Anniversary Team
Seven baseball and softball players, two from men's tennis and one from women's tennis were honored in the 25th anniversary of the University Athletic Association.

July 3, 2012
Porcaro adds All-ECAC honors
Senior centerfielder Lauren Porcaro added her third postseason honor of 2011-12, taking second-team All-ECAC accolades to go with All-UAA and NFCA All-New England awards.

June 12, 2012
Brandeis softball puts four on All-Region team
Senior Lauren Porcaro was a second-team All-New England selection, while classmates Brittany Grimm and Marianne Specker were joined by rookie Amanda Genovese on the third team.

May 22, 2012
Specker named Capital One Academic All-American
Senior Marianne Specker is Brandeis's 22nd Academic All-American and the sixth two-time honoree. She hit .401 with 41 RBI for the Judges and graduated with a 3.92 GPA as a psychology major with minors in women's and gender studies and politics.

May 18, 2012
Bernstein, Specker named to Capital One Academic All-District teams
Seniors Ezra Bernstein of Buffalo, N.Y., and Marianne Specker of South Windsor, Conn., were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and will be eligible for Academic All-America honors. Specker was a first-team selection in 2011.

May 13, 2012
Softball finishes runner-up in ECAC tournament, dropping title game to Endicott, 7-6
The Judges shut down Simmons, 3-1, and the Gulls, 5-1, in the first two games. Despite answering back nearly every time Endicott scored in the final game, Brandeis couldn't quite come all the way back in dropping the final contest.

May 12, 2012
In ECAC tourney, Judges down Rivier, 7-5, but fall to Endicott 6-1
The top-seeded Brandeis softball team held off a late charge by the #5 seed Raiders, but couldn't tame the #3 seed Gulls to advance to the championship round. Brandeis will face Simmons tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the right to a rematch.

May 9, 2012
Miller fans 11, drives in two runs as softball advances in ECAC tournament, 7-1, over DWC
Senior Caroline Miller struck out eight of the first 12 Daniel Webster hitters and had a two-run double in the first inning to lead the top-seeded Judges to victory in the ECAC tournament. Brandeis will host Rivier Saturday at 10 a.m. in the next round.

May 7, 2012
With 23-16 record, Softball claims top seed in ECAC tournament
The Judges, who have earned the ECAC top seed for the third time in the last five years, will take on Daniel Webster College Wednesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. in the opening round.

May 2, 2012
Announcing the 2012 Departmental Award Winners!
Twelve outstanding student-athletes were recognized on May 2 at the 2012 Brandeis Department of Athletics Awards Dinner. Read about the award winners here!

April 29, 2012
Softball closes regular season with split at UMass Boston
Senior Brittany Grimm reached base in all nine of her plate appearances and classmate Caroline Miller fanned nine in five innings to win game one, 10-4, but the Beacons rallied after getting down to their last strike to earn a split, 3-2, in the second game. Brandeis finishes its regular season at 23-16.

April 27, 2012
Seniors star as softball sweeps FSU
The Judges won two games by a 9-1 score, as their seniors accounted for five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

April 27, 2012
Softball places four on All-UAA squad, Specker 1st team, Genovese ROY
Senior 1B Marianne Specker earned first-team All-Association honors, while outfielder Amanda Genovese was named the Rookie of the Year. Genovese was joined on the second team by SS Brittany Grimm and CF Lauren Porcaro, both seniors.

April 26, 2012
Softball splits at Worcester State
Brittany Grimm had a double and a homer and Caroline Miller tossed a 3-hitter as the Judges won the opener, 6-1, but they could not mount a comeback in the nightcap, which the Lancers took by a 4-2 score.

April 22, 2012
Softball falls to No. 9 Tufts, 10-5
Every Brandeis starter but one had a hit, but the Judges were unable to climb out of an early 6-0 hole against the Jumbos. Senior Marianne Specker had a two-run double to give her 105 RBI for her career.

April 21, 2012
Softball settles for split at Clark
Host Clark scored the lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the opening game to spoil Caroline Miller's one-hit seven-K performance, but the Judges got revenge in game two on Lauren Porcaro's first-inning grand slam.

April 17, 2012
Porcaro, Miller each homer twice in softball split with Babson, 7-4 & 3-4
Senior Lauren Porcaro had a pair of seventh-inning three-run home runs. One proved to be a game-winner in the 7-3 opener, while the other cut a four-run deficit to one, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss. Classmate Caroline Miller went deep twice in the opener and earned her 10th win of the season

April 15, 2012
Softball gets back to winning ways with road sweep of Bowdoin
Senior Caroline Miller recorded a win and save, and half of the Judges' hits went for extra bases as they defeated Bowdoin, 7-3 and 4-3, to pick up their first sweep away from home of the season.

April 12, 2012
No. 3 Eastern Conn. takes two from softball, 6-3 and 9-0
Against the top-ranked team in New England, the Judges mustered just six hits across a double header. Senior Marianne Specker accounted for three of those hits, moving into seventh place on the career list with 160.

April 11, 2012
Specker reaches 100 RBI mark as softball splits with Wheaton
Senior 1B Marianne Specker had four more RBI today, giving her 101 for her career, as the Judges split with Wheaton College. Specker had two RBI in a four-run third in a 5-4 game one win, and two more to tie the game in the fifth of a 6-3 loss in the nightcap.

April 11, 2012
Miller, Specker claim UAA Athlete of the Week honors, April 9
Seniors Caroline Miller (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 26Ks) and Marianne Specker (.421 BA, 14 RBI, 2B, 3B, 2 HR) led the Brandeis softball team to a 6-0 week last week and garnered University Athletic Association Pitcher and Batter of the Week honors for their efforts.

April 6, 2012
Softball rolls on with sweep of Endicott, 4-1 and 12-3
Caroline Miller allowed just three hits over six inning with eight strikeouts in the opener, while classmate Brittany Grimm homered twice in game two, accounting for seven RBI as the Judges swept the Gulls to win their ninth-straight game.

April 4, 2012
Softball sweeps Suffolk in tidy fashion, 8-0 and 9-1
Senior Caroline Miller struck out a career-high 12 batters of the 18 she faced in the opener, while the Judges scored eight of their nine runs in one inning of the nightcap.

April 3, 2012
Specker drives in 10 in softball sweep of Lasell
Senior 1B Marianne Specker drove in seven runs in game one and another three in game two, slugging a double, triple and grand slam as part of a 3-7 performance as the Judges defeated the Lasers, 20-1 and 8-3.

March 28, 2012
Brandeis softball stymies Wellesley to get back to .500
Two Brandeis pitchers held Wellesley to seven hits over 14 innings today, allowing the Blue just four innings with hits to even their record at 8-8. Senior CF Lauren Porcaro was the hitting star, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs, three stolen bases, a homer and a double in the two games.

March 27, 2012
Brandeis softball falls to Emerson, rallies to beat Lesley in their doubleheader
The Brandeis softball team could not rally to beat Emerson in a 6-4 loss, but they did overcome a three-run sixth inning deficit against Lesley to take a walk-off 10-9 win eight innings

March 24, 2012
Miller leads Judges to 11-inning win in opener over Salem State
Senior Caroline Miller tossed a career-high 11 innings, while adding a home run and a triple, two runs and two RBI as the Judges topped the Vikings, 11-6, but the hosts answered with a walk-off 5-4 win in the nightcap.

March 23, 2012
Softball splits twinbill with WPI
Caroline Miller matched a career-high with 10 Ks in the opener, a 2-1 win for the Judges, while a rally from eight runs down fell just short in the night cap, as the Engineers prevailed, 13-12.

March 18, 2012
Brandeis softball defeats Case, falls to #21 Wash U in UAA Tournament finale
The Judges split their final two UAA contests, beating Case 11-3 and rallying but falling short against Wash U 5-4

March 16, 2012
Brandeis softball rallies but falls short in an 8-7 loss to the University of Rochester
At the UAA tournament in Florida, the Judges rallied from a 7-1 defecit to tie the game at 7 in the sixth but eventually fell in the final frame

March 15, 2012
Brandeis softball falls to #21 Washington University (Mo.) and #2 Emory University
On the third day of the UAA tournament, the Judges rallied against Wash U but eventually fell 12-3 and lost to Emory 15-0 in their second game of the day

March 14, 2012
Judges win twice on Day 2 of UAA tournament
Senior Caroline Miller tossed a four-hitter in a 2-1 win over Rochester, while classmate Brittany Grimm homered as part of a 3-for-4 performance in a 7-5 victory over Case. Miller also earned her second-career save against the Spartans.

March 13, 2012
Softball drops season opener to No. 4 Emory, 8-0
Senior Marianne Specker hit in her 14th-straight game dating back to 2011, but that was one of only two hits on the day for the Judges against the Eagles in the first game of the 2012 UAA tournament.

November 29, 2011
Announcing the 2012 Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame Class
Six standout athletes whose careers spanned the first half-century of Brandeis’ sports history will be inducted into the 14th class of the Joseph Linsey Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies on March 31 in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on campus, Director of Athletics Sheryl Sousa ’90 and Friends of Brandeis Athletics (FOBA) President Jim Leahy '85 announced.

August 4, 2011
Brandeis Softball announces Class of 2015
Brandeis softball coach Jessica Johnson announced that four student-athletes will join the Judges’ program as freshmen for the 2012 season. The four players hail from three different states: Cori Coleman of Burr Ridge, Ill., Nikki Cote of Shelton, Conn., Amanda Genovese of North Haven, Conn., and Anya Kamber of Sammamish, Wash.