DOVER, DELAWARE – The Brown women's softball team (6-8) split a pair of games on the final day of the Sean Savage Epilepsy Awareness Tournament hosted by Delaware State at The Hornets' Nest, the university's softball complex. The Bears played to a 10-4 win over the Lafayette Leopards (4-11) in their first contest of the day before falling to the Colgate Raiders (5-15), 4-3. In five games this weekend, the Bears were able to take three wins home to Providence, including two over the Leopards.
"We are showing poise and competitiveness to battle back in games," said head coach Katie Flynn. "That first game was our best of the year with ten runs, including six on two outs in the fifth. I see balance and scoring, one to nine and off the bench. We are playing our best ball heading into conference play."
Brown earned the first run in its commanding win over Lafayette this morning in the bottom of the second, as senior Aly Caplan (San Mateo, CA) reached base on a fielder's choice and then scored on a ground out by junior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, IN). The Leopards came charging back however, scoring three runs in the top of the third to take the lead over the Bears. Jordan Parsons singled to left center to drive Kristen Berger home before scoring herself on a double to center field by Allison Brown. Ailish Hogan, pinch running for Brown, capped scoring for Lafayette in the third, crossing home plate after a single by Melissa Robinson.
The Leopards built their lead in the top of the fourth, as Madeline Allen scored on a single by Berger to give them a 4-1 lead, but the Bears quickly turned the tide, scoring nine unanswered runs to earn the win.
In the bottom of the fourth Brown was able to cut into Lafayette's lead, spearheaded by Williams. The junior doubled to left field, stole third and then scored on a single to shortstop by senior co-captain Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT). Silverstein also stole second before reaching home on a single by freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario).
The Bears had a huge fifth inning, scoring six runs after recording two outs. Junior Jen Kries (Mission Viejo, CA) began the prolific inning, singling to right field to drive in Caplan and freshman Jamie Pospishil (Wayne, NJ), giving the squad a 5-4 lead. Leung also singled to right field, bringing in both Kries and Williams, and then sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) singled to left field help Leung and Silverstein cross the plate.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth with a 9-4 lead, the Bears scored one more run to cement the victory and give the team their highest scoring output of the season. After singling to shortstop, a ground out by sophomore Kelsey Hom (Santa Monica, CA) gave Pospishil enough time to tally Brown's final run of the game.
Pospishil headlined an impressive Brown offense, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs. Leung was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Chavez was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Silverstein was 1-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and Kries was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) earned the win, allowing three hits and one run in 4.1 innnings while striking out five batters.
Brown and Colgate met for a rematch in the second game of the day, as the Bears lost to the Raiders in extra innings on Saturday. Colgate raced out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding two more in the third to earn a 4-0 advantage over Brown.
In the first inning, the Raiders got themselves on the board when a walk by Mariel Schlaefer advanced all three runners and helped Haley Fleming cross the plate. Immediately after, Tera Vaughn reached base on a fielder's choice, driving Natalie Siedhof home. The teams played a scoreless second, but Vaughn singled up the middle to score Schlaefer before Marisa Dowling doubled to center field, driving Vaughn in and giving the Raiders a 4-0 lead in the middle of the third.
The Bears refused to go down without a fight, however, clawing their way back into the game. After doubling to right center to start the team off in the bottom of the third, Williams advanced to third on a fly out. She then scored on a wild pitch in Brown's following at-bat, narrowing the score to 4-1 as the teams headed into the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, senior co-captain Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. Sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) followed her to the plate, flying out to centerfield but driving Thompson in to further narrow the gap.
Unable to make up any ground in the fifth, Brown made one final push in the bottom of the sixth when Thompson continued her power hitting, knocking out a home run to bring the Bears within one. It was as close as they would come however, as the Raiders played strong defense to take the 4-3 win.
Thompson led the team's offense in the second game of the afternoon, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) received the loss against the Raiders, pitching 2.1 innings in which she allowed five hits and four runs. Senior Lauren Kattchee (Houston, TX) made her first appearance this season in relief, allowing just three hits in her 4.2 innings on the mound and striking out one batter.
"Kudos to Lauren with four innings of scoreless relief," said Flynn. "It has been a long journey of surgery and rehab over the past two seasons. She owned her moment today."
The Bears begin Ivy League conference play on the road next weekend, taking on the Princeton Tigers in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday before heading to Ithaca, New York to play the Cornell Big Red on Sunday. Both contests are doubleheaders and are scheduled to begin at 12:30pm.