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Baseball Drops 7-4 Contest Versus Brandeis University

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 30, 2006 – Springfield College senior shortstop Chris McCarthy (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) went 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI, scoring a run and adding two stolen bases, but it was the Pride which lost its third consecutive contest, 7-4, to Brandeis University this afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.

The Judges jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning off an RBI groundout by sophomore third baseman Malcolm Cone-Coleman (Portland, Maine). The Pride answered right back, tying the game up at one run apiece in the bottom of the second inning as senior third baseman Derek Yvon (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored on an RBI-single to left from sophomore outfielder Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.).

Brandeis would never trail in the contest, as it went on to score two runs in the fourth, followed by one more in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. The big hit in the fourth inning for the Judges was produced by Cone-Coleman on an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Federico scored on a fielder’s choice by McCarthy to bring the Pride within two runs of the Judges. But a three-run rally by Brandeis in the top of the seventh increased the visitors’ lead to 7-2. The big hit in the seventh was a two-run triple by Zach Golden (Milton, Mass.).

SC threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs, but Brandeis closer Aaron Landes (Southboro, Mass.) allowed just one run, ending any possible SC rally, and earning his first save of the season.

Brandeis starter Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ontario) improved his record to 3-1 on the year, allowing just two earned runs over six innings, while striking out four and walking one. SC junior Derek Hodder (Hamden, Conn.) lost his first decision of the season, falling to 3-1. Although, Hodder was able to give his bullpen a rest by pitching the nine-inning complete game.

The Pride will return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action this Saturday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m. when it will host Wheaton College in a doubleheader at Berry-Allen Field.
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