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Judges Blast Three Homers in Game Two of Split With Smith

Judges Blast Three Homers in Game Two of Split With Smith

From Brandeis University Athletics

The Brandeis University softball team hit three home runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Smith College today, giving the Judges a 12-4 win in six innings and salvaging a split of a doubleheader after the Pioneers won the opener, 7-1.



  • The opener was a pitcher's duel through the first five innings.
  • Brandeis's Sadie-Rose Apfel (Stamford, Conn./Westhill) allowed just one run on six hits through the first five frames, while Smith's Natalie Burchat (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) limited the Judges to one run on four hits.
  • Brandeis scored first in the second inning, when senior 3B Madison Sullivan (Dover, N.H./Dover)doubled off the very top of the right-field fence. She moved to second on a bunt and scored on a passed ball.
  • Smith answered in the top of the fourth when 2B Alyssa Pioggia (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) led off with a home run to right field.
  • The Pioneers broke through against Apfel in the top of the sixth, scoring six times.
  • Senior 3B Tori Brown (New Market, Md./Linganore) plated the winning run with a single to right, while DP Sarah Tully (West Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) made it 3-0 by bouncing one up the middle to knock Apfel out of the game.
  • Brandeis junior Melissa Soleimani (Somerset, Mass./Somerset Berkley Regional) hit the first batter she faced, then served up a grand slam to Smith junior Allison Snyder (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury), giving the visitors the 7-0 lead.
  • The Judge stranded two runners each in the sixth and seventh frames but couldn't get anyone home.
  • The top seven hitters in the Smith lineup all had hits, with hitters 3 through 7 getting two each.
  • Snyder's home run was her fifth of the season and the 13th of her career, a new Smith record.
  • Burchat improved to 7-6 on the season by scattering seven hits over seven innings, allowing one unearned run. She walked one and struck out one.
  • Apfel suffered the loss, falling to 4-4 on the campaign. She gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings.


  • The Judges bats exploded in the nightcap, scoring 12 times in six innings on 16 hits, including three home runs and two doubles.
  • Brandeis scored runs five of their six at bats, with four two-run innings and four-run sixth to close out the game as the light diminished.
  • Junior 1B Allison Hecht (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) hit her second home run of the season and third of her career in the second inning, giving Brandeis a 4-1 lead.
  • Hecht finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-4 with a homer, a double and two singles, driving in three runs and scoring two.
  •  Junior SS Liana Moss (Agoura Hills, Calif./Agoura) added a two-run blast of her own in the fifth inning, the third of her season and 10th of her career.
  • Moss finished 3-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
  • The final round-tripper was hit by rookie catcher Keri Lehtonen (Oneco, Conn./Plainfield) in the Judges' four-run sixth. It was a three-run blast, her third of the season and career.
  • Lehtonen went 2-3 with a game-high four RBI. It was her second four-RBI game of the season.
  • Senior RF Danielle Novotny (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley) matched Hecht with four hits and had a game-high three runs scored.
  • Novotny also drove in runs in the first and fourth innings and had a stolen base.
  • Sullivan batted leadoff for the first time this season and hit her 13th double of the campaign, moving her into the top 10 on Brandeis' single-season list for two baggers.
  • Rookie Sarah Petrides (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Country Day School) earned the win for the Judges, going 3.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned). She improves to 3-1.
  • Soleimani pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up one run on five hits.
  • Apfel came in the top of the sixth with one out, two runners on and the score 8-4. She needed just two pitches to escape, getting a pair of infield fielder's choices, to earn her first save of the season and the second of her career.
  • Smith got two hits and a double each from Snyder and junior Brittany Blokker (Seattle, Wash./Ballard) in the losing effort.
  • Sophomore Rowan Turner (Prairie Village, Kans./Shawnee Mission East) took the loss, giving up 10 of the 12 runs and 12 of the 16 hits. She falls to 3-9.