Bears End Season with Series Split Against Yale
New Haven, Conn. – Yale's Katie Yanagisawa's single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Yale Bulldogs to a 5-4 victory over the Brown softball team in game one of a doubleheader this afternoon. However, the Bears fought back in game two and came out on top with a 2-0 win to end the 2010 season 20-22 overall with a 7-13 mark in the Ivy League.
Both teams tallied two runs in the first inning, but the Bears were able to take a 3-2 lead in the third when freshman Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) singled to left field to bring home junior Kristie Chin (Katy, Texas). But once again the Bulldogs bounced back and scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Both teams were scoreless for the next three innings, but Chin had a huge single to center field to bring in sophomore Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) to tie even the score at 4-4.
Yale was shut down in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. It wasn't until the bottom of the 11th inning when Yanagisawa singled to bring in Yale's game-winning run.
Sophomore Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) pitched the first five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and Liz DiMascio (Braintree, MA) finished the final 5.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits and was handed the loss at the mound to end the year 6-13.
Bruno bounced back in game two and was able to pull out a 2-0 inning after a two-run third inning. Chin was outstanding at the mound for the Bears to receive the win and end her season 14-5. She pitched seven innings and allowed just four hits and struck out four Yale batters.
Brown's third inning started when Erika Mueller (Steilacoom, WA) singled to center field and senior Andrea Browne moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Then, Chin singled to shortstop and a Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) groundout scored Mueller. Then, Thompson singled to right field to bring home Chin to take a 2-0 lead which was eventually enough to win the game.
Pictured: Kristie Chin '11 (photo by dspics.net)