Brown Softball Splits with Princeton in Ivy League Opener

Princeton, NJ- The Brown University softball team opened up its Ivy League season at Princeton University this afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field. The Tigers earned a 5-4 come-from-behind eight-inning victory over the Bears in game one, but the Bears rallied in game two to earn an 8-4 win to improve to 6-9-1 overall, while the Tigers move to 9-13 on the year.

Brown will now head to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on Cornell tomorrow afternoon, who is coming off sweep over Yale on Saturday. Sophomore third baseman Stephanie Thompson led the offense today batting .714. She went 5-for-7 from the plate, hit two home runs, tallied five RBI, and four runs scored. Also, Kristi Munoz went 2-for-4 with a homerun, two RBI and one run scored, and Kelsey Williams went 3-for-7 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.

GAME ONE

The Tigers scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first when Pierce his a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home center fielder Nicole Ontiveros. Princeton was able to add tack on its second run in the bottom of the fourth when second baseman Megan Weidrick hit an RBI single up the middle to score Sanders to take a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Brown's Trish Melvin scored the Bears' first run with a ground out to second base to score Kristi Munoz, who had reached first on a walk. Then in the top of the sixth, Williams hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home right fielder Alyssa Caplan, who reached first base on a walk to even the score at 2-2.

In the top of the seventh, Thompson smoked a two-run homerun over the centerfield fence to bring home designated player Kristin Watterlond. Previously, senior Kristie Chin singled down the left field line to start the Bears' two-out rally. But the Tigers came right back in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run inning of their own to send the game into extra innings.

Brown's William's led off the top of the eighth with a double down the right field line, but Princeton's Kuhn entered the circle in relief and shut down the next three Brown batters to end the inning. Princeton's Ontiveros singled through the right side to bring home Weidrick, who got on from a single to center field.

Kristie Chin (4-5) received the loss on the mound pitching 7.1 innings for the Bears. She gave up five runs (three earned) on 10 hits, walked three and struck out three. Princeton's Liza Kuhn earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the year. She pitched 1 inning and struck out one of the three batters faced.

GAME TWO

Munoz lit up the scoreboard first for the Bears after a homerun to left center in the top of the second, but the Tigers' Pierce answered with one of her own in the bottom of the inning to tie up the ballgame at 1-1.

Princeton gained a two-run lead in the bottom of the third after Weidrick scored unearned on a fielding error, and then Peyton singled up the middle to bring home Ontiveros. But Brown had a big two-out rally in the top of the fifth when Thompson singled up the middle and Strobel brought her home with a homerun down the left field line. Then, Munoz singled to left field to score Williams.

The Bears then built a five-run lead over the Princeton Tigers in the sixth inning when Thompson hit a three-run homerun to right center field scoring Jen Kries and Danielle Palms.

Princeton was able to score one run in the seventh with a homerun by Ontiveros, but Chin and the Bears' defense shut down the final Princeton batters and ended the game.

Trish Melvin received the win at the mound for Bruno after pitching 4.1 innings today to move to 2-3 on the year. She gave up three runs on four hits, walked two and struck out two. Chin came in for relief to pitch the final 2.2 innings. She allowed one run on one hit, and struck out three.