Softball Tops NCCU, Falls to Rutgers on Day One of Spartan Classic

Softball Tops NCCU, Falls to Rutgers on Day One of Spartan Classic

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Brown University softball defeated North Carolina Central University, 8-0, in five innings after dropping a 10-3 decision to Rutgers University in its first day of action at the Spartan Classic at UNC Greensboro's UNCG Softball Stadium on Friday.

The Bears (5-2) scored seven runs in the first three innings en route to their win over the Eagles (0-12) in their second game of the day, following their setback to the Scarlet Knights (3-11) out of the Big Ten in their first contest.

Junior pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) threw a complete-game shutout against NCCU, fanning five batters and allowing just four hits. Senior Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) led the Bears at the plate, posting five RBIs between the two games.

Next, Brown continues play at the Spartan Classic tomorrow with games against NCCU (noon) and the host, UNCG (5:00 p.m.). The Bears wrap up play at the tournament on Sunday with another tilt against UNCG (12:30 p.m.).

Game 1: Rutgers 10, Brown 3

Junior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, but Brown fell to Rutgers, 10-3, in its first game of the day at the Spartan Classic on Friday afternoon.

Freshman Ashli Lotz (Austin, Texas) finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Leung and junior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) posted one RBI apiece.

For Rutgers, Melanie Slowinski went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and Jordan Whitley registered a 3-for-5 day at the plate with three runs. Rebecca Hall tallied a home run, two hits, two RBIs, and two runs.

Brown struck for the first run of the game as sophomore Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) led off the bottom of the first with a walk before freshman Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) moved her to second. Leung then knocked in Metzger with a single to center field.

The Scarlet Knights responded with five runs in the top of the third to take a 5-1 lead. Slowinski hit a two-run single in the frame while Carly Todd and Bridget Carr each charted an RBI. Rutgers went ahead 7-1 in the top of the fourth with Slowinski and Elizabeth Adams each notching an RBI single.

The Bears rallied for two runs in the last of the fourth to pull within 7-3. Sophomore Yeram Park (Arcadia, Calif.) set the table with a double to left center. Lotz then singled down the left field line, and Schonewald plated Park with her double to right center. Andrews followed with an RBI single to right field to score Lotz.

Rutgers tacked on a run in the top of the fifth on an Adriana Burcar groundout, and Hall gave the designated visitors insurance with her two-run homer to right field in the top of the seventh.

For Rutgers, relief pitcher Shayla Sweeney (2-2) earned the win, tossing 4.0 innings, and permitting no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Whitney Jones pitched 3.0 innings in the start, striking out two and conceding three runs, all earned, on six hits.

Sophomore pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) took the loss (2-1), allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Nakashima threw 4.2 innings in relief, giving up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts.

Game 2: Brown 8, North Carolina Central University 0 (5 Innings)

Nakashima pitched a complete-game shutout, Leung recorded four RBIs, and Brown topped North Carolina Central University, 8-0, in five innings in the Bears' second game of the day on Friday afternoon.

Nakashima chalked up five strikeouts and allowed just four hits and no runs over 5.0 innings to improve to 2-1 on the year.

Leung posted a bases-clearing double in the second. Venegas compiled a 2-for-4 effort at the plate and notched an RBI while Metzger scored a team-high three runs.

The Bears plated four runs in the top of the second to gain a 4-0 advantage. Lotz started the frame off with a double to right field before Schoenewald walked. Andrews then drove an RBI double to center field to score Lotz. Leung followed with her double to right center to tally three RBIs.

Brown added three runs to its lead in the away half of the third, all with two outs. Schoenewald set the table with a double to center before freshman Annie Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) sent an RBI single into left center. A groundball from Leung scored another, and a bunt single from Venegas plated one more.

Metzger gave Brown its eighth run in the top of the fifth as she started the frame with a walk and eventually came around to score on an error.

For the Eagles, London Booker (0-5) suffered the loss, tossing 3.0 innings and surrendering seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with two strikeouts. Jennifer Allison hurled 2.0 innings in relief, conceding one run on one hit.