April 10, 2010

Brown Softball Earns Split Against Princeton Tigers

Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team (13-12, 2-4 Ivy) had a big five-run first inning to defeat Princeton (7-23, 1-5 Ivy) University 5-0 in game, but lost 6-5 in game two at the Erickson Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. Senior shortstop Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) led the Bears on offense going 5-for-8 at the plate with three RBI and one run scored, while both Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) and Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) tallied homeruns during the games today.

Brown's bats were hot in the bottom of the first inning in game one, as the squad jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Rothamel started out the inning with a single up the middle, and senior Andrea Browne advanced Rothamel to second with a sacrifice bunt. Then, rookie Stephanie Thompson hit a double to bring in Bruno's first run of the game. Strobel then hit a homerun to tally Brown's next two runs to increase the team's lead to 3-0.

Asay reached first base on a walk, junior Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) was hit by a pitch, and then a Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) single loaded the bases. Freshman Erika Mueller (Steilacoom ,WA) then walked to bring in Brown's fourth run of the inning, and Rothamel singled to tally the fifth.

Chin shut down the Tigers at the plate with nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits as she earned her seventh win of the year to improve to 7-0 on the mound. Princeton's Liza Kuhn was handed the loss to move to 3-7, pitching 3 and one-third inning giving up five runs on six hits.

In game two, the Bears tallied its first run in the bottom of the first inning when a double by Strobel brought in Stephanie Thompson. But the Tigers were able to even the score 1-1 in the top of the second.

Both teams were scoreless in the third inning, but Bruno tallied three runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead over the Tigers. Asay started off the inning with a homerun down the left field line, and a double by Rothamel brought in both Mastrangelo and pinch runner Avery Silverstein.

Unfortunately, the Tigers were able to tie the game in the fifth with a three-run inning of their own, but Bruno once again showed its strength by scoring a run in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Tigers were able to score a run in the sixth to tie the game at 5, and came up with another in the top of the seventh to earn the win.

Lettire earned the win at the mound for Princeton, pitching all seven innings and allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out four Brown batters. Chin was handed the loss, pitching 2.2 innings giving up two runs and seven hits.

The Bears will now take on Cornell tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.