Baseball drop two to NYU in UAA opener, 6-5 and 7-6

Drew Michaud '23 (Photo by Baogen Chen '25)
Drew Michaud '23 (Photo by Baogen Chen '25)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Brandeis University baseball team took leads in the late innings of both halves of a University Athletic Association doubleheader, but host NYU rallied each time to defeat the Judges, 6-5 and 7-6, today on Coney Island in Brooklyn.


  • Brandeis: 4-11, 0-2 UAA.
  • NYU: 10-7, 3-2 UAA.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME 1 (NYU 6, Brandeis 5)

  • The opener was a pitcher's duel through the first six innings. The only run came from the Judges in the top of the fifth, when first-year RF Jordan Greenaway (Clifton, N.J. / Morristown Beard School) singled to lead off the frame and scored three batters later on a single by senior LF Steven Simon (Hanover, Mass. / Hanover). Brandeis loaded the bases with two away, but couldn't add on to the score.
  • Brandeis looked to blow things open with four runs in the top of the seventh. Simon doubled with one away, and senior CF Sam Nugent (Mansfield, Mass. / Mansfield) dropped one down the right-field line to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
  • Sophomore catcher Justin Keeler (Seymore, Conn. / St. Joseph's) sent a deep ball to left field that was mishandled by the Violet outfielder, allowing two more run to come home and Keeler to reach second. He scored on a single to left by senior SS Drew Michaud (Madison, Conn / Xavier), giving Brandeis a 5-0 lead.
  • Judge junior Sean Decker-Jacoby (Los Angeles, Calif. / Vistimar), who cruised through the first six innings, issued two walks to the first three batters in the seventh.
  • Senior Jakob Newman (Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Mira Costa) came on and struck out the first batter he faced, but he hit a batter to load the bases before allowing NYU a two-run single up the middle by DH Nate Pallotta to put the Violets on the board.
  • After both sides went in order the eighth, the Judges also went quietly in the ninth, setting the stage for an NYU comeback.
  • Three of the first four Violet batters reached on a hit batter, a single and a walk, loading the bases with one away. Pallotta flew out to center, plating the home team's third run.
  • 3B Cam Dunn followed with a ball popped to short right field. Nugent made a diving attempt at the final out, but couldn't hang on, allowing two runs to come home and tying the game at 5-all.
  • Dunn stole second and RF Richard Beggy followed with a walk. With a runner on second, Newman uncorked a wild pitch that went to the backstop and was unable to be located, as Dunn dashed home all the way from second base for a walk-off win.
  • The loss spoiled a fine start by Decker-Jacoby. He threw a career-high 6.1 innings and matched his career-high with six strikeouts. He allowed three hits and two earned runs, walking three and hitting three batters.
  • Newman took the loss, giving up three hits and four runs in 2.1 innings. He walked two and hit two batters with a pair of Ks.
  • Greenaway paced the Brandeis offense with a career-high three hits in four ABs, while Simon had two hits.
  • Joseph Augustine earned the win in relief for NYU, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.
  • Dunn and CF Alex Vanlandingham each had two hits for the Violets, while Pallotta's three RBI were a game-high.

HOW IT HAPPENED, GAME 2 (NYU 7, Brandeis 6)

  • In the second contest, it was the Violets who jumped out to the quick start. NYU scored single runs in the first two innings on a single by Dunn and a home run by Vanlandingham.
  • NYU scored three times in the third inning thanks to three singles and five stolen bases to take a 5-0 lead.
  • Brandeis started their comeback in the top of the fourth, as Nugent singled with one out and Greenaway followed with a two-out double. Michaud's ground ball to second base was thrown away, allowing both runners to score to make it a 5-2 game.
  • Simon singled home junior Nick Heafey (Florence, Mass. / Williston-Northampton School) in the seventh inning to get the Judges within 5-3.
  • The Judges' comeback put them in the lead in the top of the eighth after Nugent and senior 3B Brian King (Palos Verde, Calif. / Palos Verde) started the inning with singles. One out later, Michaud drove his second home run of the season over the fence to give Brandeis a 6-5 lead. It was the sixth blast of Michaud's career.
  • In the bottom of the eighth, Brandeis first-year Tyler Hill (Lansdale, Pa. / La Salle College High School) came on to pitch. After retiring the first hitter, Hill gave up a single, a stolen base and a walk, with a passed ball on ball four putting runners on the corners.
  • After a visit to the mound, Hill threw an attempted pickoff to first that went awry, allowing the tying run to score and moving the go-ahead run to second. A wild pitch got that runner to third, and 2B Russell Burton dropped a perfect bunt single down to third base with what proved to be the winning run.
  • NYU's Sean Bolin struck out the first two batters in the ninth before a Brandeis single, but he ended the game on fly to right to complete the sweep.
  • Brandeis outhit NYU, 13-9, but the Violets drew four walks to none for the Judges. The hosts also stole 11 bases in 13 attempts.
  • Nugent led the Judges with three hits and two runs scored, while Simon, King and Heafey each had two hits.
  • King and Greenaway each had doubles.
  • Michaud had three RBI on his home run, a game-high.
  • Hill took the loss after allowing two runs on a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings to fall to 0-3 on the season.
  • NYU was paced by Vanlandingham, who was 3-for-3 with two RBI, two runs and his home run.
  • Bolin earned his first win in a Violet uniform with 2.2 innings of work, allowing four hits and three earned runs, striking out five without walking any. He is 1-0.


  • With rain in the forecast for tomorrow, Brandeis and NYU will conclude their UAA series with a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.