SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 6, 2008) – Jimmy Lisowski pitched a complete game victory to lead the Springfield College baseball team to a 5-3 victory in game #1 of a doubleheader against Brandeis this afternoon at SC’s Berry-Allen Field. Tyler Robinson then returned the favor by pitching a complete game victory as Brandeis won by an identical 5-3 score in game #2.
With the split, Springfield is now 7-13 overall, while Brandeis becomes 9-7.
Brandeis jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first of Game #1, when the first three batters each laced a single. Sophomore 1B Drake Livada (Cape Elizabeth, Me.) drove in the initial run.
But a double by junior DH Ryan Tetreau (Greenfield, Mass.) plated two runs in the bottom of the second for the home team, putting Springfield into the lead. The Pride scored two more in the third on three hits, a bases loaded hit batsman, and a ground out.
Brandeis closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the sixth on two singles, a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly by sophomore catcher Artie Posch (Hopedale, Mass.), and a ground out. But Springfield added one more on a walk and a stolen base by junior centerfielder Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.), then an RBI-single by senior second baseman Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.).
Lisowski, a junior lefthander from Warwick, Mass., struck out six and walked none in hurling a 7-inning complete-game victory. Lisowski is now 2-1. Brandeis used a total of six pitchers. Starting righthander Rocco Toppi, a senior from Portland, Me., took the loss. He is now 3-2.
Junior shortstop Jamie Mackie (Springfield, Mass.) went 2-for-3 for the Pride. Junior outfielder Mike Alfego (Shrewsbury, Mass.), sophomore 2B John O’Brion (Portland, Me.), and Livada all had two hits apiece in game #1 for the Judges.
In the second game, Brandeis jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two in the first and one in the third. In the first inning, after the first two batters singled and doubled, one run scored on a ground out by Livada, and a second run scored on a sacrifice fly to center by junior right fielder Dave Almeida (Bridgeport, Conn.).
In the third inning, Alfego led off with a double. He later scored on an RBI single by Almeida.
But Springfield managed to come back with a run in the fourth and two in the sixth. In the fourth, Mackie led off with a double, Springfield’s first hit, and came around on a single by junior DH Travis Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.). In the sixth inning, senior 1B Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.) led off with a single. He was doubled to third by senior catcher Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass.). One out later, both runs scored on a single to right by senior right fielder Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.). Michael then walked, putting the go-ahead run at second. But Robinson, a senior lefthander from Manotick, Ontario, then got tough, getting two consecutive batters to ground into fielder’s choices to shortstop.
Springfield also had the potential winning run on second base with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but again Robinson got tough by inducing an easy pop-up and then coming up with a clutch strike out.
In the top of the eighth inning, with one out and a man on first, what looked like a perfect double play ball was picked up by the second baseman and thrown into left field. With runners on first and third, moments later, Brandeis capitalized when freshman left fielder Tony Deschler executed a great-looking suicide squeeze, putting the Judges ahead, 4-3. Brandeis then scored a second run on another error, putting it up by a 5-3 count.
In the bottom of the inning, Springfield made it interesting with leadoff singles by Turgeon and Cone. But again Robinson proved equal to the task by getting three straight outs. The game ended when catcher Posch made a great one-handed foul ball catch as he was headed into the Springfield dugout.
Robinson went all eight innings for Brandeis, improving his record to 3-1. He gave up three runs, all earned, and nine hits. He struck out seven and walked four. Senior lefthander Michael Searles (East Patchogue, N.Y.) picked up the hard-luck loss, and is now 0-2, for the Pride. Springfield starter Jacob Feist (Allentown, Pa.) hurled the first 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, all earned. Springfield is right back at it on Monday for a 3:30 pm start against MCLA at Berry-Allen Field.