Kingston, RI- The Brown University softball team (6-18) dropped two games to in-state rival Rhode Island (16-19) on Wednesday afternoon at the URI Softball Complex. Brown was edged 2-1 in game one and then lost 10-1 in five innings in game two.
After three scoreless innings, Brown shortstop Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) hit a solo homerun in the top of the fourth to give the Bears a 1-0 lead over the Rams. But just when it seemed Brown would come away with the victory, Rhody's Courtney Prendergast homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh to even the score.
Then, sophomore Stacey Fox hit a line drive single to right center to bring home Melissa Parente for the winning run.
Freshman Denise van der Goot (1-6) was handed the loss on the mound for the Bears. In 6.1 innings she gave up two runs on just three hits and struck out eight Rhody batters. Sam Brady pitched to one batter and allowed one hit.
Sam Bedore (8-6) earned the win pitching all seven innings. She gave up one run on four hits and struck out three.
Thompson, who ranks first in the country in batting average, led the Bears with a hit, a run and one RBI with her homerun hit in the fourth inning.
The Rams held a 3-1 advantage over the Bears after three innings and exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.
Thompson tallied her second homerun of the day in the top of the first inning to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Rhode Island came back tow score two runs in the second after Massoni hit an RBI single to right field and Prendergast scored on an error.
Rhode Island then exploded for seven runs, including a three-run bomb by Kelly Coker, in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Bears and end the game in five innings.
Jessica Cherness (5-7) earned the loss on the mound pitching 4.2 innings. She gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits and walked four batters. Erika Szymanski improved her record to 3-6 on the mound for Rhody after pitching 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit.
The Bears will now host Dartmouth in doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The games are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.