Feb. 27, 2009
Moraga, CA - The Brown University softball team (1-1) opened its 2009 season with a 9-1 victory over Binghamton, but then fell 13-3 against St. Mary's (CA) during the first day of the Lady Gaels Classic hosted by St. Mary's this afternoon. Junior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) had an outstanding day going five-for-five from the plate, including a homerun. She also scored three runs and tallied three RBIs in the doubleheader.
After a scoreless first inning for both Binghamton and Brown, the Bears came back strong in the second. With two outs, sophomore Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) singled up the middle as Asay followed with a two-run homer to center field to give Brown a 2-0 edge.
Brown's outstanding defense continued to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard, as Bruno combined for another big inning in the fourth, scoring three runs, including a homerun by rookie Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) to start the offense. Asay then reached first on a walk, followed by a single to center field by sophomore Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI). Junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) arrived on first after a Binghamton error, and continued to third base as both Asay and Rice crossed the plate to give Brown a 5-0 advantage.
Senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) started the fifth inning off with a double, and Asay singled up the middle to score Wilson and increase its lead to 6-0. Freshman Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA) started the sixth inning with a double, and was brought home by freshman Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY). Wilson drilled a base hit up the middle and advanced to second on the throw and Strobel singled up the middle to score two runs to increase Brown's lead to 9-0.
Senior center fielder Sandy Meadows produced the line run for the Bearcats by hitting a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth, the third long ball of her career.
Brown senior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) threw a complete game for the Bears, and struck out 10 Bearcat batters. She is now 1-0 on the young season.
The Bears weren't as fortunate in game two, falling to host St. Mary's (CA) 13-3 in five innings. While neither team scored in the first inning, St. Mary's produced four runs in the second. Brown bounced right back to score three in the bottom of the inning, as junior Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) singled to the shortstop to bring in Strobel. Mastrangelo walked to bring in Asay, and Wilson reached first on an error to score Iwasaki.
The Gaels' Cronin was given the win at the mound, as she shut down the Bears the rest of the innings and held the squad scoreless to end with a 13-3 victory. St. Mary's increased its record to 3-9 on the season, as the Bears dropped to 1-1.
Iwasaki (0-1) pitched four innings and gave up seven runs and allowed 10 hits to receive the loss.
Asay led the Bears' offense batting 1.000, followed by Strobel who went three-for-seven from the plate, including her first collegiate homerun and three RBIs to bat .429 in two games.
The Bears will match up against Binghamton tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. PT, followed by a game against Utah Valley University at 11:00 a.m.