PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Despite generating 11 hits over the course of the afternoon, the Brown softball team (8-26, 2-14 Ivy League) dropped an 8-3 decision to the Bryant Bulldogs on the softball field in the Erickson Athletic Complex today in its final non-conference game of the 2013 season.
With sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) on the mound for the Bears, the visiting Bulldogs surged ahead early, scoring three unanswered runs in the first two innings. Freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) stopped the offensive tide, coming in to relieve Cherness in the third and giving Brown time to narrow the score.
In the bottom of the third, senior co-captain Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) led things off with a single down the third base line, and freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) followed that up with a single of her own, as her grounder up the middle snuck by Bryant's pitcher. They each advanced on a ground out by junior Danielle Palms (Smithfield, RI), and then a line drive to center field by senior co-captain Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) drove both across the plate to narrow the score, 4-2.
The Bulldogs answered right back however, scoring three runs in the fourth on a homer by Taylor Bell and a single by Aubrey Mable, and an additional run in the fifth when Liana Ogata singled to third base. As the teams headed into the bottom of the fifth, Bryant held an 8-2 lead over Brown.
Two more singles by Leung and Thompson would allow sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) to knock in an additional run in the bottom of the fifth, but the teams ended the game with two scoreless innings, giving Bryant the victory.
Leung was stellar in the batter's box this afternoon, going 3-for-4 with two runs, while Thompson was equally impressive, hitting 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Chavez went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Palms hit 2-for-4.
Cherness received the loss for the Bears, moving her record to 4-12 this season. The sophomore pitched two innings, allowing two hits and four runs. Ropiak was solid in relief, giving up six hits and four runs in five innings.
Brown returns to the field on Friday for one last weekend of softball action, heading to Yale for a 2:00pm doubleheader. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will visit the Bears in Providence, as the teams square off at 12:30pm for a Senior Day doubleheader.