SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bears held a 3-1 lead heading into the seventh inning in game one, but Brown University softball dropped a doubleheader to Columbia University, 8-3 and 8-0, on Saturday afternoon at Bryant University's Conaty Park.
The Bears (8-12, 3-5 Ivy League) nearly took the first game before the Lions (6-16, 3-3 Ivy League) rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh and followed with an 8-0, run-rule win in the nightcap.
Next, Brown plays at Bryant on Wednesday at 4 p.m. prior to playing four home games against Harvard from April 11-12.
Game 1 – Columbia 8, Brown 3
Leung went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Park hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first, and Springfield posted a 2-for-4 effort at the plate.
Freshman pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) tossed 6.1 innings allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits with eight strikeouts. Orona (5-4) gave up just one run through the first six innings.
Leading off the last of the first, Leung sent a single through the left side. After sophomore Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.) advanced her to second with a sacrifice, Park drove a double to center field to give Brown a 1-0 edge.
The Bears gained a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the second as Leung and Springfield each tallied RBI hits. Schoenewald started the inning with a single before freshman Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) doubled to center. Leung then singled to left field, and two outs later Springfield poked one through the left side.
The Lions plated their first run in the top of the fourth as Madison Gott homered to right field. Columbia struck for seven runs in the top of the seventh, including a two-run homer from Kayla Shimoda.
Tonia Wu (3-7) earned the win for the visitors, throwing a complete game and permitting three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
Game 2 – Columbia 8, Brown 0 (6 inn.)
Schoenewald went 2-for-2, and Hanna and Springfield each charted one hit as Brown fell to Columbia, 8-0, in six innings in game two.
For the Lions, Gott went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run while Kerry Cook finished 3-for-3. Pitcher Tessa Kroll (3-6) gained the shutout, pitching six innings and fanning four.
In relief for the Bears, sophomore Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) threw 2.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Senior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) took the loss (3-4) in the start.
Columbia gained a 4-0 lead after the top of the second as Mackensy Lakian hit an RBI double, Shelby Unger singled through the left side, Alix Cook drove in a run with a double, and Shimoda closed the scoring with a single.
Gott placed a three-run home run over the wall in right center field in the top of the fourth to give the visitors a 7-0 lead, and the Lions tacked on one more run in the top of the sixth.