El Paso, Texas – The Brown University softball team finished the UTEP Invitational with a 17-3 loss to Iowa State at Helen of Troy Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss dropped the Bears to 1-4 on the year while Iowa State improved to 4-9.
Iowa State jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the second inning with the help of a grandslam to right centerfield by Lexi Slater give the Cyclones a 5-0 lead over the Bears. Then, junior pitcher Tori Torrescano hot a two-run bomb to left center to extend the lead to 7-0 and Erica Miller hit a solo homerun to center field to score the eighth run.
Stephanie Thompson scored the first of Brown's three runs in the fourth inning with a single up the middle to bring home Danielle Palms. Then Kate Strobel hit her second homerun of the weekend to bring home two more to cut Brown's deficit to five heading into the bottom of the frame.
Iowa State continued to roll and scored nine runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach for the Bears with a 17-3 lead. With two outs, Amandine Habben hit a two-RBI double, followed by a two RBI double by Amber Ewert. Then, Slater tallied a two-run homer to right center, and Torrescano recorded her second homerun of the game bringing in another two runs for the Cyclones. Iowa State's final run of the game came when Erica Miller tallied her second homer of the day, a solo, to increase Iowa State's lead to 17-3.
Torrescano shut down the Bears in the fifth inning to earn the win on the mound for Iowa State. She allowed just six hits, walked one and struck out two batters.
Brown's Denise van der Goot received the loss for the Bears pitching 1.2 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits. Jessica Cherness came in for relief pitching 2.1 innings. She gave up 10 runs on eight hits and walked three.
Thompson led Brown's offense going 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, followed by Palms with a 2-for-3 performance with one run scored.
The Bears will now head to Baltimore, Md., to participate in the UMBC Spring Classic. Brown will take on Robert Morris and Coppin State on Saturday, March 17, followed by games against Mount St. Mary's and UMBC on Sunday, March 18.