ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Christina Andrews, sophomore Cat Seitz, and freshman Raquel Blanchard all hit home runs as Brown University softball topped Cornell University, 5-4, in game one before falling, 4-3, in eight innings in game two at Niemand-Robison Field on Sunday afternoon.
In the final two games of their Ivy League opening weekend, the Bears (9-16, 1-3 Ivy) used home runs from Seitz (Poway, Calif.) and Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) en route to their game one win, but dropped game two to the host Big Red (6-9, 1-3 Ivy) in extra innings despite two homers from Andrews (Southlake, Texas).
Andrews finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with two home runs, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a double. Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw her sixth complete game of the season in the win in the opening contest of the day.
Next, Brown hosts Providence College for a single game on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. before returning to Ivy play with home doubleheaders against Columbia (Apr. 7) and Penn (Apr. 8).
Game 1: Brown 5, Cornell 4
Trailing 3-2 heading to the sixth inning, the Bears scored three runs in the top of the sixth, including a solo shot from Seitz, to rally past the host Big Red.
Seitz hit her first home run of the season and the second of her career and finished the game 2-for-4. Blanchard registered her second homer of the season and her second in the last four games. Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 2-for-3 with a double.
Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) tossed her sixth complete game of the season in the win (5-6), allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout over 7.0 innings.
Cornell's Lisa Nelson took the loss (3-2), conceding five runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Bridgette Rooney paced the Big Red at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, including a triple and a home run.
The Big Red went ahead 2-0 through two innings as Rooney hit an RBI triple to right field in the bottom of the first, and Jessica Bigbie brought in a run with an infield single in the second.
The Bears responded in the top of the third as Blanchard hit a two-run blast to left center field to tie the game at 2-2. Cornell went ahead 3-2 in the last of the fifth on an error.
Brown rallied again in the top of the sixth as Seitz knotted the score at 3-3 with a solo homer to left field. Senior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) each followed with RBI singles. Rooney hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh before Orona retired the side.
Game 2: Cornell 4, Brown 3 (8 Innings)
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) hit two home runs and drove in three runs, but Brown fell to Cornell in eight innings in game two, 4-3.
Andrews twice broke tie scores with her home runs, but the host Big Red rallied both times to first force extra innings and then win the game in the first bonus frame.
Andrews hit her second and third home runs of the season in the game and increased her career home run total to nine blasts. Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished the game 2-for-4.
The Big Red's Olivia Lam went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, driving in the game-winning run on a two-run, ground-rule double in the bottom of the eighth inning.
After neither side scored through the first five innings, Andrews broke open the game's scoring with a two-run home run to center field to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Cornell came back in the bottom of the eighth as Jessica Bigbie hit an RBI triple to center field before Sarah Murray tied the game at 2-2 with a single to right field.
Andrews pushed Brown ahead 3-2 in the top of the eighth with a solo home run to left center field, but the Big Red answered in the home half of the inning with Lam's two-run double to right center concluding the game.
In the circle, Maddie Orcutt earned the win (2-3), permitting one run on two hits with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of relief. Katie Lew allowed two runs on five hits with one strikeout over 5.1 innings in the start.
Sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) gave up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout over 7.1 innings in the loss (3-6).