April 7, 2012

Caplan’s Homerun in 11th Inning Earns Brown a Split vs. Princeton

Providence, RI- With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, junior Alyssa Caplan hit a walk-off homerun to give the Bears a 2-1 victory and the split over the visiting Princeton Tigers this afternoon. Princeton topped the Bears 6-5 in the first game of the doubleheader. Brown improved to 6-16 overall and moved to 3-5 in the league as Princeton dropped to 9-20 and 5-3 in Ivy play.

Caplan led the Brown offense this afternoon going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Avery Silverstein went 2-for-5 with one run scored.

GAME ONE

The Bears lit up the scoreboard first when Caplan hit a double in the bottom of the second inning to plate Silverstein, who singled through the right side to take a 1-0 lead.

Princeton then tallied two runs in the top of the fourth when Kelsey VandeBergh hit a two-run bomb over the right center fence to allow the Tigers to take a 2-1 lead over the Bears. Princeton increased its lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Nicole Ontiveros hit an RBI single to right center and a Peyton single to right field crossed VandeBergh.

Sam Brady came in for relief of Denise van der Goot in the middle of the fifth inning and shut down the Tigers who had three on base.

In the bottom of the sixth, Jen Kries scored on an error by the catcher, and then senior Trish Melvin put three runs on the scoreboard when she blasted a three-run homer to give Brown a 5-4 lead.

But Princeton roared back in the top of the seventh scoring two runs to take a 6-5 lead. Brown couldn't produce in the bottom of the frame to hand the Tigers the win.

Princeton's Alex Peyton earned the win in the circle to improve to 4-8 on the year. She gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out three batters. Van der Goot was handed the loss giving up four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out five Tigers and walked three to drop to 1-5 on the season.

The Bears registered seven hits, with Caplan leading the offense with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate with one run scored and one RBI. Princeton's VandeBergh went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and Tory Roberts went 1-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Tigers offense.

GAME TWO

It was a pitchers dual in game two, as the Tigers and Bears went scoreless for nine innings. It wasn't until the 10th inning that Princeton would take a 1-0 lead when Alex Peyton blasted a double that hit the right center field fence to bring home Ontiveros.

With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Stephanie Thompson hit a big homerun to even the score at 1-1. Princeton was shut down in the 11th inning and this time it was Caplan who would come up with a clutch hit for the Bears. Caplan hit a walk off homerun with two outs to earn the 2-1 victory for her squad.

Jessica Cherness pitched all 11 innings and gave up just one run on nine hits. She walked three and struck out four as she improved to 5-6 on the year. Princeton's Liza Kuhn gave up two runs on six hits in 10.2 innings pitched.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they ravel to Kingston to take on the University of Rhode Island at 3 p.m.