April 19, 2014

Softball Falls to Dartmouth, 7-1 and 4-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.) belted a game-tying home run in the second inning of game one but the Brown softball team lost both ends of an Ivy League doubleheader against Dartmouth, 7-1 and 4-0, on Saturday. The Big Green knocked 24 hits between both games and rode a pair of stellar pitching performances to its league-leading 14-0 Ivy record.

Prior to the first game, Brown honored the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Ivy League Championship team. Director of Athletics Jack Hayes, Associate Director of Athletics Meredith Scarlata and Head Coach Katie Flynn led pregame ceremonies to recognize the team for its accomplishments and place in Brown athletics history. Nine members of the 2004 team were in attendance and First Team All-Ivy player Laura Leonetti '04 threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) collected three hits on the day and stole two bases in game one, while junior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.), sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, Pa.) each cracked a double. In the circle, freshman Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) battled for 124 pitches over 5.1 innings in the opener and held Dartmouth without an earned run through five frames in the eventual loss. In game two, junior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) hurled a complete game and struck out six in the setback.

Dartmouth roped 15 hits in the opener, led by Kara Curosh's 4-for-5 performance with a double and three RBI. Megan Averitte singled three times and scored twice, while Chloe Madill finished 2-for-3 with a homer. Kristen Rumley dealt a complete game victory in the circle, scattering six hits and punching out nine.

The Big Green scored an unearned run in the first on a fielding miscue but Williams cracked an opposite-field solo shot with one out in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Brown relied on heads-up defense in the third when Fisher gunned out Rumley at second trying to stretch a leadoff single into a double, and then the Bears aimed to get the bats going with Williams' one-out infield single in the fourth. Williams stole second and Fisher followed with a base hit to center, promptly stealing second to make it second and third with one away. Rumley buckled down, however, and retired the side on back-to-back K's.

Approaching the 100-pitch mark, Nakashima worked out of a jam in the top of the fifth after a single and two walks loaded the bases for the Big Green with two outs. After Karen Chaw fouled off several borderline pitches, Nakashima finally induced a groundout to second to strand three runners and maintain the tie game.

After Rumley sent the Bears down in order, Madill snapped the tie with a leadoff solo shot in the top of the sixth. Four singles brought home another run with one down, prompting the call for freshman Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) from the bullpen, who used a lineout and flyout to end the inning. Dartmouth came right back with four runs in the seventh, however, as Curosh raked a bases-clearing double to right center and Katie McEachern added an RBI two-bagger to make it 7-1. Mecca's one-out single would be Brown's only hit in the seventh as Rumley secured the complete-game win.

Pitcher Morgan McCalmon carried the Big Green in game two with 7.0 innings of complete-game, shutout softball and 11 strikeouts. Chaw and Kelsey Miller clubbed back-to-back home runs in the sixth, while McEachern finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Chavez led off the bottom of the second with a double to left center but McCalmon chalked up three straight K's to get her team off the field. Both pitchers cruised through the third and fourth innings, with a McEachern double the only hit allowed by either side.

A run on three hits in the fifth put Dartmouth ahead 1-0, and after Mecca was stranded despite a one-out double down the leftfield line, Chaw and Miller poked back-to-back homers to right to stretch the Big Green lead to 3-0 after six innings. Fisher singled in the bottom of the sixth to no avail, and Dartmouth tacked on another run on two hits in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Brown and Dartmouth face off in an Ivy League doubleheader rematch beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.