Genovese named Co-MVP of UAA softball tournament

Amanda Genovese '15 (Photo by Sportspix.biz/Jan Volk)

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University sophomore outfielder Amanda Genovese of North Haven, Conn., has been named Co-Most Valuable Player of the 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) tournament.

Genovese, the 2012 UAA Rookie of the Year, helped the Judges finish in third place with a 3-5 record during the tournament, which was held in Altamonte Springs, Fla., March 12-16. She led all players in the tournament with 15 hits, a .536 batting average and 13 stolen bases. She also topped Brandeis with seven runs scored and and was second with four RBI.

Genovese, Brandeis's leadoff batter, hit safely in all eight UAA games and had a stolen base in seven of the eight contests. One of her key performances came when the squad rallied for a 7-6 win over Rochester on March 13, when she started a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. With the Judges trailing, 5-4, she opened the inning with a single back to the pitcher, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error as Brandeis scored three runs to go ahead for the first time in the game.

Overall in 2013, including Brandeis's five non-conference games, Genovese is batting .521 (25-48) with 21 stolen bases, both ranked fifth among all NCAA Division III players. She has hit safely in all 13 contests and owns a 21-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Genovese needs one more stolen base to match her entire total for her rookie campaign and is already with 10 steals of Brandeis's single-season record. Her 43 steals are already fifth-most in school history.

Brandeis, in head coach Jessica Johnson's seventh season, owns a 7-6 record. The Judges went 4-1 in five non-conference games before sweeping Rochester and splitting with Case Western Reserve in the UAA tournament. The Judges also dropped a pair to nationally-ranked squads from Emory (#2) and Washington University (#24) in UAA play. Genovese shared UAA Tournament MVP honors with Emory rookie infielder Hannah Sendel.

Brandeis is scheduled to open their New England schedule at home on Saturday, March 23, against Salem State, but field conditions are likely to alter that schedule.

Genovese is a 2011 graduate of North Haven High School. She is the daughter of Mark and Caren Genovese, North Haven, Conn.