Softball Beats Stony Brook, Falls to Holy Cross behind Rookie Homers

Softball Beats Stony Brook, Falls to Holy Cross behind Rookie Homers

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Freshmen Raquel Blanchard and Kaitlin Okimoto each hit her first career home run as Brown University softball defeated Stony Brook, 6-0, and fell to Holy Cross, 7-2, at the Stony Brook Tournament on Saturday at University Softball Field.

The Bears (4-13) topped the host Seawolves (1-14) in their second game of the day after dropping a decision to the Crusaders (2-13) in their first contest of the tournament.

Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) posted her first collegiate home run in the bottom of the second against Holy Cross while Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) repeated the feat in the top of the fifth against Stony Brook.

Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) tossed her first shutout of the season against the Seawolves.

Next, Brown concludes play at the Stony Brook Tournament tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 26, with games against Stony Brook (10:30 a.m.) and Holy Cross (2:30 p.m.).

Game 1: Holy Cross 7, Brown 2

Freshman Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) hit her first career home run, but Brown fell to Holy Cross, 7-2, in its first game of the day at the Stony Brook Tournament on Saturday morning.

The Crusaders plated three runs in the top of the first and added four runs in the top of the third on their way to the win over the Bears.

Junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) paced the Bears at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI while Blanchard launched a solo home run in the bottom of the second.

Senior pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) tossed 2.1 innings in the start, allowing seven earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in the loss (0-2). Sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) hurled 4.2 innings in relief, permitting no runs on five hits with two strikeouts.

Holy Cross' Alexandra Held earned the win (3-4), pitching a complete-game shutout. Held struck out four while giving up five hits and three walks over 7.0 innings. Emily Krisanda led the Crusaders at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs, a double, and a home run.

Holy Cross took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run from Krisanda capping the scoring. Brown answered in the last of the second, pulling within 3-1 as Blanchard hit her solo shot.

The Crusaders brought four runs home in the top of the third on a combination of a walk, a single, and two groundouts to go ahead 7-1. Metzger drove in a run in the last of the sixth with an RBI single to make it 7-2.

Game 2: Brown 6, Stony Brook 0

Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) launched her first career home run, and junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw a two-hit shutout as Brown topped Stony Brook, 6-0, in its second game of the day on Saturday afternoon.

Okimoto hit a two-run home run, and the Bears tallied four runs in the top of the seventh while Orona scattered two hits and two walks over a complete game in the win over the Seawolves.

Orona tossed her first shutout of the season and her third complete game, striking out a season-high eight batters over 7.0 innings in the win (2-5).

Okimoto tallied three RBIs, two runs scored, and two walks while senior Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.) scored two runs, and freshman Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) and senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) each drove in a run.

Melissa Rahrich took the loss (1-6) for Stony Brook, conceding six runs, all earned, on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

With two outs in the top of the fifth, Hanna singled before Okimoto posted her first collegiate home run to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Brown registered four runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 6-0. Okimoto brought home a run with a walk, Venegas singled home a run, and Andrews plated a run on a sacrifice fly as part of the rally.