MEDFORD – Tufts scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two - including senior Emma Della Volpe's three-run home run - to earn a non-conference softball double-header split with Brandeis University on Sunday at Spicer Field.
|Josie Steinberg had four hits in the two games for Tufts.|
The Jumbos scored all six of their runs in the sixth inning unearned to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win 7-3 in the nightcap. Brandeis senior SS Jolie Fujita had hit a three-run triple in the top of the sixth in game one sparking the visitor's 4-1 victory. Tufts (15-3) saw its nine-game winning streak end in game one, but they spoiled a previously unbeaten season for Brandeis (13-1) in the second contest.
Game one was an excellent pitcher's duel between Tufts' Kristina Haghdan and Brandeis' Sydney Goldman. Haghdan had a perfect game into the sixth and Goldman gave up just three hits through the first five innings.
Alyssa Renskers spoiled Haghdan's bid at perfection when she hit a one-out single to third base in the top of the sixth. Tufts threw away a bunt and then Haghdan walked a batter loading the bases. On a 3-2 pitch with two outs, Fujita laced the ball into right-center scoring three runs. She then came across when Alex Cohen singled giving the Judges a 4-0 lead.
Tufts sisters Josie and Mia Steinberg broke up Goldman's shutout in the bottom of the sixth with a triple by Josie followed by a single from Mia.
Game one featured some tremendous defense. After Mia Steinberg singled with one out in the fourth for Tufts, Brandeis' Marley Felder snared a ball at second base that might have got into the gap off the bat of Jumbo Reegan Coleman. Leading off the the bottom of the fifth, Tufts' Rachel Moore drilled a ball to deep center field seemingly over the head of Melissa Rothenberg. However, the Judge senior ran it down and made the catch. In the top of the sixth when Haghdan was still perfect, Della Volpe chased down a pop-up in shallow right to keep it going.
Goldman improved to 7-0 with the game-one win, allowing five hits and one run with 8 K's. Haghdan took the loss, though not one of the four runs she allowed was earned. Mia Steinberg had two hits in the opener for the hosts.
Brandeis had built a 3-1 lead in game two. Sophomore Lily Medici brought home the first two runs with singles in the second and fourth innings. The Judges scored unearned on Haley Nash's base hit in the fifth. Della Volpe had scored Tufts' first run in the first after a one-out single. Josie Steinberg singled her to third, and then they executed a double-steal with Della Volpe scoring when Brandeis made an error during the rundown on Steinberg.
Cohen, the Judges' starter, had allowed just one run through five innings. However, after Josie Steinberg doubled to lead off the sixth, the Brandeis defense, which had made several nice plays during the day, made errors on back-to-back plays leading to six Jumbo runs all unearned. Moore and Michelle Adelman hit rbi singles before Della Volpe opened the game up for the Jumbos with her second home run of the season to left field.
Sophia DiCocco, who had come on in relief of starter Kristi Van Meter, finished off the Judges for her ninth win of the year. She went 3.1 innings allowing four hits and one unearned run. Della Volpe was 2 for 4 with three rbis and two runs in game two. Josie Steinberg had three hits.
Cohen was a tough-luck loser for the Judges in the circle, with just one of the seven runs she allowed being earned. She struck out seven. Rothenberg joined Medici with two hits for Brandeis.