Springfield, Mass. - March 27, 2010 - The Springfield College baseball dropped a pair of non-conference games to Brandeis on Saturday afternoon. The Judges won the first game 2-1 before holding off the Pride, 10-8, in the second game of the twinbill.
The loss drops Springfield's record to 6-7 on the year, while the Judges improve to 6-9.
The teams were locked in a pitcher's dual in the opener as Springfield totaled just three hits, while the Judges scattered nine. The Pride jumped on the board first in the bottom of the third inning with Pete Calandra homered to left field.
However, that would be all the run support starter Mark Grant would get as Brandeis answered with runs in the fifth and sixth en route to the 2-1 victory. Chris Ferro scored on a play at the plate in the fifth and John O'Brion laced an RBI single down the left field line to plate Drake Livada in the sixth for what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Grant took the loss as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two earned runs off nine hits while striking out three. Drew Brzozowksi went the distance as he pitched a three-hitter while striking out four. Both Sean O'Hare and Jon Chu finished with two hits apiece in the win.
Defense proved to be Springfield's downfall in the second game as the Pride was charged with six errors in the seven inning contest. Steve Forbes lasted four innings on the mound as he struck out three while giving up nine runs, only three of which were earned.
Brandeis jumped all over the Pride in the first inning, plating four runs to take a commanding 4-0 lead. The Judges tacked on another run in the second as it opened up a 5-0 lead and seemed to have the game under control.
However, the Pride erupted for four runs in the third to make it a one-run game. The inning was highlighted by Louie Nucci's double that scored a pair of runners.
Errors would come back to haunt Springfield in the fourth as it gave up four runs in the fifth, three of which came with two outs after the inning was extended by a SC miscue.
Springfield made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh as Mike Robilotto cracked a two-run homer to left center to make it a 10-8 ball game. Brandeis then got the next three batters out in order to end the threat and complete the two-game sweep.
In the second game, Chu went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Nucci led Springfield with a pair of hits and three RBI as well. Alex Tynan picked up the win out of the bullpen as he threw 3.2 innings and gave up two earned runs off four hits.
Springfield will play once again on Sunday afternoon as it takes on Keene State at 1:00 pm on Berry-Allen Field.