Brown Softball Splits with Columbia

New York NY- The Brown University softball team defeated Columbia University 3-0 in game one of a doubleheader, but dropped 10-5 in game two to earn the split.

Junior Kristie Chin led the Bears on the mound to earn the win. She pitched all seven innings and allowed just five hits, walked one batter and struck out three Columbia batters to move to 6-0 on the year.

The game was scoreless until the Bears came out with two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to secure the 3-0 win. With one out, Stephanie Thompson doubled to left field and Kate Strobel followed it up with a single. Then, senior catcher Amanda Asay singled to right field and advanced to second on an error, and also brought in both Thompson and Strobel to take a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, Erika Mueller started things off with a single to right field, and senior Katie Rothamel followed with a single to right field to put Mueller on third base. After a throwing error by Columbia's catcher, Mueller scored Brown's only run that inning as the Bears secured the win.

In game two, Columbia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and extended it to 3-0 in the third. But the Bears stormed back in the fourth and scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead. Asay started the inning with a single to left field, and Maddie Tropp-Bluestone reached first after being hit by a pitch. Rookie Alyssa Caplan then smacked a double to bring in Brown's first two runs.

Caplan was able to cross home plate after an wild pitch to tally the third run of the inning and Mueller, who reached first on a fielding error, stole home to tally the fourth run of the inning.

However, the Lions came roaring back in the bottom of the inning and scored five runs to take an 8-5 lead. Columbia tallied two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 10-5 win.

Chin pitched 2.2 innings allowing eight hits, three runs and one walk, but sophomore Trish Melvin was handed the loss after pitching 3.1 innings and allowing eight hits and seven runs.

Rothamel led Bruno's offense today going 3-for-7, and Mueller followed with a 2-for-6 performance at the plate with two runs scored.

Pictured: Amanda Asay '10 (photo by dspics.com)