March 15, 2010

Softball Earns Lady Pirate Classic Championship

Hampton, VA- The Brown University softball team defeated Arcadia (7-0), Coppin State (1-0) and Hampton University (5-4) to claim the Lady Pirate Classic Championship this weekend.

In the first game of single-elimination bracket play on Sunday afternoon, the Bears cruised to a 7-0 victory over Arcadia. Junior pitcher Kristie Chin pitched a perfect seven-inning game, while senior Katie Rothamel led the offense going 3-for-4, which included two singles, a double, two runs and two RBI.

Also adding to Brown's stellar offense was sophomore Kate Strobel (2-for-3, including a homerun, one run and two RBI), and senior Amanday Asay (3-of-4 with two singles, a homerun, one run scored and an RBI.

In Brown's semi-final game against Coppin State, the Bears edged the Eagles 1-0. Freshman Liz DiMascio earned the win at the mound pitching all seven innings giving up just one hit while she struck out eight batters and walked two.

Strobel led the Bears' offense going 1-for-3 earning a double and one run scored.

In the championship game against host Hampton University, the Bears earned a 5-4 victory over the Lady Pirates. It was a pitchers dual through the first six innings, but Hampton was able to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 4-1 lead against the Bears.

Freshman Lauren Kattchee led off in the bottom of the seventh with a pinch hit single, followed by a pinch hit walk by junior Lindsay Rice. With one out, sophomore Sandra Mastrangelo smacked the first pitch over the left field fence to tie the ballgame at four apiece and send the game into extra innings.

Brown held Hampton scoreless in the top of the eighth with the tiebreaker in effect. In the bottom of the eighth, senior Andrea Browne pinch ran for freshman Alyssa Caplan. DiMascio walked, and freshman Julianna Perez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With Rice at the plate, a passed ball brought home Browne to take a 5-4 lead and win the championship.

Trish Melvin pitched six innings allowing just five hits, four unearned runs and walked three batters before being relieved by DiMascio who was credited with the win (two innings, 0 hits, two strikeouts). Mastrangelo went 1-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and a walk, and Caplan went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a sacrifice bunt.

The Bears are back in action on Thursday, March 18 when it travels to Orlando for the Rebel Spring Games. Brown will take on Manhattan and Cleveland State on the 18th, and then Wisconsin-Green ay and St. Peter's the following day.

Pictured: Katie Rothamel '10 (photo by dspics.com)