CLERMONT, Fla. – The Brandeis softball team split a pair of games at the National Softball Training Center in Clermont, Florida, in their last two games before the 2016 University Athletic Association tournament. The Judges dropped a 9-8 decision to Austin College of Texas before bouncing back to defeat NAIA school Penn State-Brandywine, 9-0, in five innings. The Judges' record now stands at 2-3 headed into the tournament.
- The Judges fell behind, 7-2, after four innings, but rallied to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh.
- Brandeis got the first two outs in the bottom of the frame before four-straight Austin batter reached on a walk and three singles, the last by the Roos' Kylee Fowler delivered the game-winning runs.
- Senior 3B Madison Sullivan (Dover, N.H./Dover) had a terrific performance at the plate, hitting for three-quarters of a cycle. Sullivan went 3-3 with a walk and scored in each of her four plate appearances.
- Sullivan doubled and scored in the second, singled in the fourth, hit a lead-off triple in the sixth and walked and scored on an error in the seventh.
- Junior RF Madison Hunter (Parker, Colo. / Legend) also had three hits, including a double, and drove in Sullivan three times.
- Junior Melissa Soleimani (Somerset, Mass. / Somerset Berkley Regional) started the game in the circle and allowed four hits and five runs – only two of which were earned – in three innings of work.
- Rookie Sarah Petrides (Scottsdale, Ariz. / Phoenix Country Day School) suffered the loss in 3.2 innings of relief, giving up eight hits and four runs (two earned). It was her first collegiate appearance in the circle.
- Sophomore Sadie-Rose Apfel (Stamford, Conn. / Westhill) retired the first 10 Lion hitters and finished with four hits allowed in a five-inning complete game. She struck out two and walked none to improve to 1-1 on the season.
- Eight of nine Brandeis starters scored runs and six different players recorded hits.
- Senior 1B Jordan Buscetto (Old Lyme, Conn. / Old Lyme) was the only Brandeis player with multiple hits, going 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Rookie DP Keri Lehtonen (Oneco, Conn. / Plainfield) was responsible for four of the team's runs, driving in the first two of the game with a triple and scoring runs in the first and fifth.
- Sophomore CF Amanda Shore (San Jose, Calif. / Archbishop Mitty) also drove in two runs, with a double in the fifth inning that provided the walk-off score.
- The Judges open UAA play on Tuesday with games against #3 Washington University at 10 a.m. and Case Western Reserve at 1 p.m.