Riverside, CA- The Brown University softball team (3-8) earned a split on the first day of the UCR Tournament. The Bears dropped their first game to Colorado State, (13-17) 1-0, but then picked up a 4-3 victory over Santa Clara (4-22) at Amy S. Harrison Field on Friday afternoon.
Junior Stephanie Thompson led the Brown offense today going 5-for-7, including a triple, and two runs scored. Freshman Trista Chavez batted .429 after going 3-for-7 and freshman Kelsey Hom went 2-for-6 with one run scored. Junior Kate Strobel tallied three RBI for the Bears today to help out the offense.
Brown's Denise van der Goot (0-3) pitched five scoreless innings allowing just three hits before Colorado State's Emily Pohl hit a solo homerun in the top of the sixth to go ahead 1-0. Colorado's pitcher Kacie McCarthy (9-5) shut Brown down in the final two innings to improve the Rams to 13-17 on the year. Brown's Thompson and Chavez recorded the only two hits of the game.
The Bears got the bats rolling in game two vs. Santa Clara, scoring two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Strobel sent a double to center field to score both Thompson and Hom. However, the Broncos came right back in the third inning scoring three runs to take a one-run lead. Briana Knight hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the first run, and Breezy Bernard singled to shortstop to cross the second. Then, Jenna Krummen blasted a shot down the left field line to bring home the third run to put the score at 3-2.
Brown bounced right back in the fourth when Trish Melvin homered to center field to even the score at 3-3.
In the top of the seventh, Brown was able to score the go-ahead run when Strobel hit a single up the middle to bring in Thompson, who tripled to right center. Jessica Cherness shut down the Broncos in the bottom of the frame to give the Bears a win as she improved to 3-2 on the mound. Cherness gave up just three runs on 10 hits and struck out four batters.
The Bears will take on Santa Clara again tomorrow at 9 a.m., followed by a game vs. host UC Riverside at 2 p.m.