Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team earned a split against cross-town rival Rhode Island this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears were victorious in game one, 8-4, but the Rams came back in game two for a big 18-9 five-inning win in game two. Sophomore Stephanie Thompson led the Bears at the plate going 5-for-7 (.714) with two homeruns, a double and six RBI.
The bats got going early for the Bears as they tallied three runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Jen Kries stole home to earn Brown's first run of the game, and then sophomore Stephanie Thompson earned her season's 12th homerun of the year when she sent one over the right field fence to score two runs for the Bears.
Brown picked up three more runs in the third to increase its lead 6-0 after Kristi Munoz hit an RBI single up the middle and Kristi Munoz stole home on a double steal. Then, freshman Jen Kries knocked a single to left field to bring home pinch runner Avery Silverstein.
The Rams were able to cut their deficit to five in the top of the fifth when Alison Hartzell, who reached on a fielder's choice, crossed home on an error by the catcher. But the Bears came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Thompson hit a hard liner at the pitcher to score Kries and then Kate Strobel singled to left field to score Kelsey Williams.
Rhody chipped away at its deficit in the seventh by scoring three runs , but senior pitcher Kristie Chin was able to finish the job on the mound and earn the win for the Bears. The win improved Chin to 9-9 on the year. Jayshree Narendran received the loss in the circle for the Rams. In five innings pitched she gave up eight runs on 10 hits and walked six batters.
The Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Rhode Island had two seven-run innings that helped lead the Rams to their 18-9 game two win over the Bears.
In the first inning, Thompson stepped up the plate at blasted her second homerun of the day over the center field fence to tally the first two runs of the game, and then Strobel, who doubled to center field, scored on an error by Rhody's third baseman.
The Rams were able to score a run in the second when Archambault grounded out to second base to bring home Mattison and put the score at 3-1. Rhode Island held the Bears scoreless in the bottom of the second, and then went off for second runs in the third. Brown cut its deficit to four in bottom of the third when Maegan Sloggett hit an EGI single to left field to score Chin.
Rhode Island then tallied three runs in the fourth and scored seven more in the fifth to outscore the Bears 10-5 in the final two innings of the game.
Trish Melvin earned the loss on the mound to move to 2-8 on the year. In two innings, Melvin gave up seven runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three. In for relief was Sloggett, who gave up 11 runs on seven hits, walked six, and struck out five in three innings.
Thompson led the offense going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI, and Strobel went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 against Dartmouth College. Then, the Bears will take on the Bryant Bulldogs on Thursday, April 28 in Smithfield.
Photo of Stephanie Thompson by dspics.net