Softball Falls to St. Francis, George Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Alex Scott (Santa Cruz, Calif.) belted a first-game home run and scored twice to cap a 3-for-5 day, but the Brown softball team dropped a pair of contests to St. Francis (Pa.), 4-2, and George Washington, 3-0, at the Capital Invitational on Sunday.

Senior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) each went 2-for-3 in the opener while junior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.) did the same in game two. Sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) doubled and drove in a run against the Red Flash, and on the mound, freshman Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) and junior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) both fought to complete game losses.

In game one, Leung's clutch two-out RBI double put Brown ahead 1-0 in the top of the third, but St. Francis answered and scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the inning. Three singles, a walk and a throwing error pushed across three runs for the Red Flash and a two-out double steal made it a 4-1 game after three frames.

Andrews settled down the rest of the way, scattering a total of five hits over 6.0 innings with a strikeout. Scott aimed to spark a Brown rally in the top of the seventh when she clubbed a one-out solo shot to left center, prompting the Bears to stay alive. Fisher followed with an infield single and Andrews doubled to right center to put the tying run on second, but a ground out to third extinguished a solid attempt in Brown's final turn at bat.

Colonials pitcher Meghan Rico delivered a dominant performance in game two and tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout with nine Ks. Chavez mustered two of Brown's three singles while Scott recorded her third hit of the day. Cherness battled on the mound for the Bears and allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in 6.0 innings.

The Bears put runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings without recording a hit, but Rico used a flyout, strikeout and a pop-out to strand runners each time. George Washington snapped the tie game after an infield single and double to left set the stage for Jillian Galich to bunt in the game's first run. Carlee Gray followed with another successful squeeze to keep the Brown defense on its heels and give GWU a 2-0 lead.

The Colonials manufactured a third run in the bottom of the sixth as Megan Linn pushed a leadoff single through the left side and stole second. Victoria Valos promptly singled up the middle to score Linn and solidify what stood up as GWU's 3-0 victory.

The Bears return to action following a 10-day layoff with a non-league doubleheader at Hartford on Wednesday, March 26. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.