Softball Falls to Bucknell, UNC Wilmington on Opening Day

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Brown softball team fell to Bucknell, 12-3, in six innings before battling to a narrow 4-3 defeat to UNC Wilmington in day one action at the Wilmington Beach Bash at Boseman Field on Friday.

Sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) went a combined 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while senior Jen Kries (Mission Viejo, Calif.) ripped an RBI double in the opener and freshman Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) cracked a two-run double in the nightcap. On the mound, freshman Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) took the loss in 3.2 innings and struck out a pair in the opener, while classmate Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) battled for six innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits in game two.

In game one, Leung put Brown on the board early with a sacrifice fly that plated freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Nakashima shut down the Bison through two frames but Bucknell exploded for four runs on five hits, highlighted by a three run home run by Kristen Zahn that put the Bison ahead 4-1.

Sophomore Alex Scott (Santa Cruz, Calif.) answered back with a sac fly in the fourth followed by an RBI single by Fisher, but Bucknell snuffed the rally with two runs in the fifth and a five-spot in the sixth on five hits and two Brown fielding errors. The Bears went down in order in the sixth, ending the game by a final score of 12-3.

In the nightcap, Brown fell behind in the bottom of the first when Nella Chamblee cracked an RBI double and Merritt Wilkinson knocked an RBI single to put the Seahawks up 2-0. UNCW added an unearned run in the second on a Kristen Jernign single to left, only to see Schoenewald halve the deficit when she doubled in two runs and Kries loft a sac fly to tie the game at 3-3.

The Seahawks reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third, starting with a leadoff walk and a bunt single. Another bunt moved the runners to second and third and Morgan Ayers lifted a sac fly to right that scored the eventual winning run. Brown mustered just two hits the rest of the way and UNCW went hitless against Andrews, although the Seahawks managed to hang on for the 4-3 win.

The Bears return to action tomorrow against UNC Greensboro at 9 a.m. before a rematch against Bucknell at 11:30 a.m.