March 1, 2009
Moraga, CA - The Brown softball team (1-3) dropped two games in its final day at the Lady Gaels Classic on Saturday afternoon, the first coming to Binghamton (1-0) and the fell 11-3 to Utah Valley later that afternoon.
After defeating Binghamton 9-1 on Friday, the Bears dropped a 1-0 decision to the Bearcats on Saturday. Binghamton tallied the only run of the game in the first inning after Michelle Olvieri stole home. Both defenses remained flawless for the next six innings, as the Bearcats clinched the 1-0 after seven innings.
Freshman Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) dropped to 0-1 on the mound after pitching 3.2 innings. She allowed one run and walked five, but struck out four batters. Senior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) closed the game, striking out two batters.
Utah Valley started the game off scoring two runs in the first, but Bruno came back strong and answered with three. With one out, freshman Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) got on base after a walk, and senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) singled down the right field line. With runners on first and third, Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) fouled out to left field to score Mastrangelo. Then junior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) doubled to left center to score Wilson, and after advancing to third after an illegal pitch, Asay scored after another illegal pitch to take a 3-2 lead after the first inning.
But Utah Valley's pitching held Brown to just five hits for the game, and kept the Bears scoreless to earn an 11-3 victory. Utah scored two runs in both the second and third, and had a big five-run inning in the fifth to win the game.
Emily Chaddock (Laguna Nigel, CA) received the loss on the mound after two innings, while sophomore Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) came in for the next three innings. Utah's Amanda Perez increased her record to 3-0 on the season, pitching all five innings to allow just five hits and three runs.
The last two games of the tournament were cancelled due to rain, so the Bears are back in action in South Carolina when it takes on Albany at 1:00 p.m. on March 13 and Fairfield the following day at 11:00 a.m.