Martin, Pritchard, Togneri Post Zeros as Pitching Carries Softball to Sweep of Brandeis

Kelly Pritchard - WPI Softball 2022

WORCESTER -- Excellent pitching led the WPI softball team to a sweep over visiting Brandeis on Tuesday afternoon on Rooftop Field. Engineer hurlers tossed 12 scoreless innings, as the Crimson and Gray improved to 8-6 overall, while the Judges fell to 8-4. 

GAME ONE

Powered by four RBI from Shaina Lazarus (Thousand Oaks, CA) and a gem from Katie Martin (Bedford, NH), WPI posted an 8-0 win in five innings. 

The Engineers wasted no time getting on the board, plating a pair of first inning runs. With two outs, Kelly Pritchard (Orange, CT) worked a walk before Lazarus launched her first career homerun, giving WPI a 2-0 advantage. 

Two more Engineer runs came in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to 4-0. Stephanie Bishop (Milford, NH) led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sydney Russell (Arlington, VA) then sent Bishop home on a single up the middle, advancing to second on the throw. After a lineout, Lazarus sent a ball deep to right to score Russell before Brandeis got the final out of the inning on a fly out. 

Brandeis looked poised to get in the board in the top of the fourth, as Alex Cohen (West Palm Beach, FL) led off the inning with a double. However, Martin got the next three batters to preserve the shutout. 

WPI put the game away in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs off five hits. Jocelyn Diaz (Reedley, CA) started things with a single to right center, and later came around to score on a sac fly from Bishop. With two outs, the Engineers strung together singles from Russell, Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA), Pritchard, and Lazarus, scoring three more runs before Brandeis finally got the third out to keep it at 8-0. 

Martin mowed through the Brandeis order in the top of the fifth inning, forcing three pop ups to end the game with an 8-0 win. She tossed five innings, scattered just three hits, and struck out five to move to 5-3 on the season. Brandeis' Rebecca Guerci (Roslyn, NY) took the loss, throwing four innings, allowing eight runs, four earned, on eight hits. 

GAME TWO

WPI needed just two hits, as the pitching tandem of Pritchard and Sophia Togneri (Hudson, MA) held Brandeis scoreless, despite the Judges out-hitting the Engineers, 8-2. 

Brandeis picked up two of their hits in the top of the first, as Marley Felder (Miami, FL) led off the game with a single. WPI sandwiched a hit by pitch between two outs before Anna Kolb (Alexandria, VA) singled through the right side to load the bases. A pop out ended the inning, however, keeping the game scoreless. 

The Engineers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first that proved to be the only runs of the game. Russell led off the inning with a triple, scoring on a throwing error to make it 1-0. Ambrosino followed with a walk and a stolen base, and was driven home on a Lazarus double to make it 2-0. However, Brandeis got the final two outs of the inning on to limit the damage. 

Brandeis rallied in the top of the third, loading the bases once again. Melissa Rothenberg (Lawrenceville, NJ) and Jolie Fujita (Honolulu, HI) each singled before Kolb walked to load the bases with one out. WPI's Pritchard worked out of the jam, however, with a lineout and a foul out ending the threat. 

Brandeis loaded the bases again in the top of the fourth and again, Pritchard was able to escape without giving up a run. Tara Striggow (Cape Coral, FL) singled with one out before Felder reached on a fielder's choice. Cohen and Rothenberg followed with singles to load the bases with two outs, but Pritchard got the final batter to fly out to end the inning. 

Though WPI was held hitless in the final six innings, Brandeis was unable to put a run on the board, despite putting runners on in both the fifth and seventh frames. 

Pritchard got the win, throwing four innings, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts. Togneri picked up her first save of the season, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts. 

Sydney Goldman (Sherman Oaks, CA) suffered the unlucky loss, throwing six innings, allowing just two hits. She gave up two runs, one earned, while striking out six. 

WPI heads on the road for three-straight doubleheaders, beginning the road swing with a pair at Amherst on Saturday beginning at 1pm. Brandeis begins UAA play this weekend, heading to WashU for a four-game series beginning on Friday at 4pm.