Baltimore, MD- In the final day of the UMBC Spring Classic, the Brown University softball team (5-6-1) dropped its final two games by one run each. Brown lost 5-4 to Morgan State in game one and followed it up with a 9-8 10-inning loss to host UMBC in game two. First baseman Kate Strobel led the Brown offense this afternoon batting .625 from the plate with five hits, including two doubles, one run scored and two RBI.
Brown pitcher Trish Melvin struck out Morgan State's first two batters in the first inning, but the Bears rallied when Lydia Walther-Rodriguez singled to shortstop to score Tamra Griffin who had got on previously from a walk to take a 1-0 lead.
Brown had a rally of its own in the top of the second when freshman catcher Kristi Munoz hit a solo homerun to left field with one out. Center fielder Kelsey Williams doubled to center field and advanced to third on a passed ball, and freshman second baseman Jen Kries hit a single up the middle to bring home Williams to take a 2-1 lead.
The game was scoreless for the next three innings until Brown increased its lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning when Munoz blasted a shot down the right field line to tally her second homerun of the game. But Morgan State roared back with a four-run inning of its own to gain a 5-3 lead heading into the final inning.
The Bears tried to come back in the top of the seventh when sophomore third baseman Stephanie Thompson started off the inning with a single through the left side. Then, Strobel doubled down the left field line to bring home Thompson to tally a run and bring the Bears within one. However, that was as close as Brown would come, as Morgan State would come out on top with a 5-4 win.
Melvin earned the loss on the mound for the Bears pitching five innings giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits, walking five and striking out five. Lauren Kattchee came in for relief pitching the final inning, giving up three runs (two earned) on one hit.
Against UMBC, the Bears score five runs in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings, but lost 9-8 in 10.
The Retrievers scored two runs in the second and notched another in the third to take a 3-0 lead over the visiting Bears. Brown then had a big seventh inning that was led off by a single by Thompson, and then followed by a single by Strobel up the middle. With two outs, the Bears rallied when Munoz walked, Sandra Mastrangelo hit a two-RBI single to left field. Danielle Palms reached first base on an error by UMBC's shortstop to bring two more runs for the Bears. Then, Kries singled through the right side to bring in Brown's final run of the inning, Palms.
The Bears had three errors in the bottom of the seventh inning, that led to UMBC scoring two runs to even the score at 5-5 to send the ballgame into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Strobel blasted a double to right center to bring home designated player Kristin Watterlond to edge UMBC 6-5. But the Retrievers tied it right back up in the bottom of the inning to send it into the ninth. This time it was Brown's Wilson who hit an RBI single to shortstop to cross Avery Silverstein to gain a 7-6 advantage.
UMBC however hit a single up the middle to bring home Bernheimer to even the score at 7-7 heading into the 10th inning. Brown's Strobel singled to left field and advanced to second base on a throwing error, and Watterlond moved over to third. Right fielder Alyssa Caplan hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Watterlond and put the Bears back on top, 8-7.
However, UMBC's Ferguson had a big double to left center to start off the inning, and Ashley Scroggin walked to load the bases. Angela Yannone, a pinch hitter, double to left center scored two runs to end the ball game in UMBC's favor, 9-8.
Kristie Chin pitched all nine innings for the Bears to receive the loss on the mound. She gave up nine runs (four earned) on 14 hits and struck out five batters and walked just two.
The Bears are back in action on March 24 when it travels across town to Providence College for a double-header beginning at 2:30 p.m.