March 30, 2012

Bears Fall to Penn in Ivy League Opener

Philadelphia, PA- The Brown University softball team opened its Ivy League schedule with two losses to the University of Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon. The Bears lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-4, and followed with a 5-4 nine-inning loss.

Junior Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) led the Brown offense batting 1.000 as she went 7-for-7 at the plate, which includes one run scored, two RBI, a double and a homerun. Junior Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) also had solid games for the Bears going 5-of-8 with three runs scored, two homeruns, three RBI and one double.

In game one, the Bears got on the scoreboard first when Strobel hit a solo homerun to right field to take a 1-0 lead. The Quakers answered in the bottom of the inning when Brooke Coloma hit a three-run homer with two outs to put the score at 3-1.

Penn tallied another run in the bottom of the third when Jessica Melendez blasted a homer to left center field giving the Quakers a 6-1 lead. The Bears scored runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh, and held Penn to just one run, but the Quakers still had a three-run lead to win the game, 7-4.

Jessica Cherness earned the loss dropping to 3-5 on the year. She gave up five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings and struck out four batters. Sam Brady came in for the final 2.2 innings and struck out one batter and allowed just two hits. Penn's Alexis Borden picked up the win pitching seven innings and allowing just three runs and seven hits.

In game two, Brown's Alyssa Caplan was hit by a pitch in the first inning which brought home Strobel to give Brown a 1-0 lead.

The Quakers came back to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bears put together a three-run sixth inning when Strobel hit a two-run homer and a walk brought in Jen Kries to even the score at 4-4. The game headed into extra innings but ended when Penn's Kayla Dahlerbruch hit a single to third to bring in the game winning run.

Sam Brady (0-3) received the loss on the mound after pitching three innings and giving up one run on two hits. Penn's Borden earned the win to improve to 11-2 on the year. She allowed just two hits in 3.1 innings and struck out four.

The Bears will now challenge Columbia tomorrow afternoon. The first game is scheduled to start at 12:30.