Providence, RI- Freshman Danielle Palms hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Brown softball team to a 1-0 victory over Columbia in the first of two games on Friday afternoon. However, the Bears could not hang on for the sweep and fell 16-1 in the nightcap. The Bears are now 8-12-1 on the year and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while the Lions are 9-20 and 3-3 in the league.
Senior Kristie Chin had an outstanding performance for the Bears on the mound in game one, allowing the Lions to just one hit in seven innings to improve to 6-7 on the year. Columbia's hit came in the second inning when right fielder Stephanie Yagi reached first on a bunt, but then went hitless for the next five straight.
The Bears, however, were able to tally eight hits off Columbia's Maggie Johnson, as freshmen second baseman Jen Kries, catcher Kristi Munoz, and shortstop Danielle Palms led the offense going 2-for-3 from the plate.
In game two, the Lions tallied a run in both the first and the third innings and gained a 4-0 lead after the fourth inning after a Jennifer Bergeron RBI bunt and a Karen Tulig singled to bring home Emily Caruthers.
The Lions registered three more runs in the fifth and then lit up for nine runs in the sixth to take a 16-0 lead over the Bears. However, Brown tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth when Chin singled up the middle and sophomore Stephanie Thompson doubled to right field. Then, junior Kate Strobel singled to third base to bring home Chin.
The Bears will take on Penn in a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. Then, Brown will challenge Rhode Island at home on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Photo of Danielle Palms (by dspics.net)