PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball tallied 15 hits, including two home runs and four doubles in an 11-4 game two win over Columbia University after falling in game one, 6-3, in an Ivy League doubleheader at the Brown Softball Field on Friday afternoon.
In their first Ivy League home games of the season, the Bears (10-18, 2-4 Ivy) powered past the Lions (12-16, 5-1 Ivy) with five runs in the fourth in the nightcap after dropping in the opener to the visitors.
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) and freshman Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) each hit her fourth home run of the season in game two while senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) registered her fourth homer of the year in game one.
Sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) threw her fifth complete game of the season in the game two win while freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) extended her hitting streak to 10 games with three hits on the day.
As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown softball field, the Bears welcomed Brown Associate Dean for First-Year and Sophomore Studies Yolanda Rome to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the opening game.
Next, Brown hosts Penn in a twin bill tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 8, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1: Columbia 6, Brown 3
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) hit a two-run home run in the third inning, but Brown fell to Columbia in game one, 6-3.
The Bears pulled within 4-3 in the third with three runs in the frame, but the Lions plated four runs – three unearned – in the top of the first and two runs in the top of the seventh to take the win.
Andrews finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) went 2-for-4.
In the circle, junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw her seventh complete game of the season and allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits with two strikeouts over 7.0 innings in the loss (5-7).
Columbia's Madison Canby earned the win (8-5), hurling a complete-game 7.0 innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits with one strikeout. Madison Gott paced the Lions at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two doubles.
In the top of the first, Gott hit an RBI single up the middle before the visitors plated an additional three unearned runs later in the frame. Alexandra Yule capped the scoring with a two-run double to right field.
The Bears responded in the bottom of the third, plating three runs to make the score 4-3. After the hosts scored a run on an error, Andrews followed with a two-run blast down the left field line.
Brown threatened in the last of the sixth and seventh, but a two-run double from Bonnie Schipper in the top of the seventh provided the Lions with insurance.
Game 2: Brown 11, Columbia 4
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs to lead Brown to an 11-4 win over Columbia in game two, dealing the Lions their first Ivy loss of the season.
The Bears struck for five runs in the third and for two runs in each of the second, fifth, and sixth innings to rally from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 against the Lions.
McGregor finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs, a home run, and a run while senior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run.
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) posted a 2-for-4 effort at the plate with a double and two runs, freshman Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) hit a solo homer, and junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) each posted a double.
Sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) pitched a complete-game 7.0 innings in the win (4-6), permitting four runs, two earned, on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
After the visitors plated two runs in the top of the third, Brown answered in the home half of the inning as McGregor drove a two-run homer over the wall in center field. Columbia pulled ahead, 3-2, in the top of the third.
The Bears opened up the game with five runs in the last of the third, claiming a 7-3 edge. Blanchard started the rally with a solo homer to left center field before Schoenewald hit an RBI double. McGregor sent a two-run single into center field prior to the hosts scoring on a wild pitch. Columbia's Maura Lynch hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to make it 7-3.
Freshmen Sarah Fringer (Macomb Township, Mich.) and Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) each hit RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth while Seitz and Metzger recorded an RBI double and sacrifice fly respectively in the last of the sixth to keep Brown ahead.
The Lions' Erin Gallo absorbed the loss (1-4), conceding four runs on five hits with two strikeouts over 3.0 innings.