April 27, 2014

Softball Splits at Yale in Season Finale

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) went a combined 4-for-8 with a double and a home run and freshman pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) went the distance in a game two victory as the Brown softball team lost 7-5 and won 5-2 at Yale in Sunday's season-ending Ivy League doubleheader at Dewitt Family Field. 

Senior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.) tripled and drove in two runs in game one and freshman Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) batted 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap. Leung and freshmen Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) and Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) each knocked two hits in the game two victory, while Nakashima tossed 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.

Hannah Brennan powered the Yale batting order in game one on a 2-for-3 effort with a double, three-run homer and four RBI. Lindsay Efflandt earned the win in relief over 4.1 innings of one-hit shutout softball, while junior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) took the complete-game loss for Brown.

Leung's solo shot to left put Brown on the board in the first but a walk, single and wild pitch in the home half tied the game at 1-1. The Bears assembled a four-run third inning effort, beginning with Schoenewald's leadoff base hit to center. Cherness followed with a single to left and Fisher bunted the runners over, making it second and third with one away. Leung and Andrews strung together back-to-back RBI singles to go up 3-1 and Williams laced a two-out, two-run triple to right to push the Bears out to a 5-1 lead.

Once again, the Bulldogs had an answer as Brennan uncorked a three-run blast to center, cutting Brown's lead to 5-4 after three innings. Yale stayed hot with another three runs in the fourth on Lauren Delgadillo's two-run bases loaded single and Brennan's RBI double to jump ahead 7-5. Efflandt kept the Brown bats quiet the rest of the way, retiring 11 of the last 12 batters she faced minus Fisher's two-out single in the seventh.

Brown's offensive woes quickly dissipated in game two as the Bears erupted for five runs on six hits in the top of the first. Leung got things going with a one-out single and Andrews walked. Junior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.) roped a single to left and a throwing error from the outfield brought home the game's first run. Williams poked an RBI single to left, Schoenewald plated two with a knock to right center and Nakashima and Fisher smacked consecutive two-out RBI hits for a quick 5-0 lead.

Yale got one back in the second on a double, hit by pitch and single, later adding another run in the fourth on three straight hits. Brown's five-run first proved enough, however, as Nakashima held off the Bulldogs and used a seventh-inning double play lineout to hold on for the 5-2 win.

Brown completes the 2014 season with a 4-34 overall record and 2-18 mark in Ivy League play. Yale finishes at 8-33 overall and 2-18 in Ancient Eight action.