FORT COLLNS, COLORADO - The Brown softball team (0-4) dropped two difficult games on the second day of the Colorado State Classic, falling 11-0 to #18 Washington (11-5) and 2-1 in a close game against Bradley (8-9).
The Bears struggled against #18 Washington in an early morning 11-0 defeat that ended after five innings. Washington's pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby had a fantastic outing, pitching five hitless innings for the Huskies, only walking one batter and striking out four.
Washington got an early lead, scoring three runs on three RBI doubles in the first inning. They extended their lead in the third, when three walks and a triple put them ahead 6-0. Washington scored an additional five runs in the fourth inning on a three-run homerun, a RBI triple, and a sacrifice fly.
Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) received the loss for the Bears, pitching 2.2 innings during which she allowed six runs on six hits and four walks, and struck out two batters. She was relieved by classmate Sam Brady (Vienna, VA), who gave up five runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.
"Washington is a tough draw any time of the year," said first year head coach Katie Flynn. "For our third game of the year we pitched and played with poise."
Brown showed up to their second game with a renewed fighting spirit, taking the lead in the first inning. Senior co-captain Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) started the inning with a single down the left field line. A sacrifice bunt from freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) and a single to left field from senior co-captain Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) moved Silverstein to third base. Sophomore Kelsey Hom (Santa Monica, CA) singled on a fielder's choice, allowing Silverstein to score the first run for the Bears.
Brown held the lead until the fifth inning, when Bradley managed to tie the game. Back-to-back singles from Duffy and Chandler put Duffy in scoring position. Duffy then advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored the first run for the Braves on a bunt single from Joseph.
Bradley eventually took the lead in the sixth inning when Basham hit a game winning solo homerun. It remained a tense game until the end, however, as the Bears came close to scoring in the final inning on a single from Brady and a walk for Silverstein.
Silverstein went 1-for-2, walked twice and scored once for the Bears. Hom also went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and was walked once. Thompson, Brady, and sophomoe Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) each had a hit for the Bears.
Freshman Sarah Ropiak (Action, MA) pitched a full seven innings for the Bears, allowing six hits, three walks and two runs, and striking out two batters.
"Our bats got jump started today against Bradley," said Flynn. "I was pleased with our approach and effort. We just stranded runners."
The Bears will look end the tournament on a high note with win against Nebraska Omaha tomorrow, Sunday, March 3rd at 9:00 am CST in their final game of the Colorado State Classic.