Bears End Tourney 4-2, Place Fourth
March 7, 2007
Providence, RI - After being the only team to go undefeated (2-0) after the first round of play, the Brown softball team (4-2) was able to continue their success by defeating both Hartford and St. Bonaventure on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bears, who defeated Bowling Green 4-3, and then 3-1 against host Charleston Southern on Friday, carried another win over to Saturday, by defeating Hartford, 4-3. Sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) was at the mound for the Bears, and received the win. Then Brown picked up its fourth win over St. Bonaventure, in a 3-1 victory.
The Hartford Hawks were able to go up 2-0 on the Bears, while Bruno to just three hits in the first three innings. Hartford was able tp score again on a solo homer by freshman Rachel Clonick.
But the Bears fought back, and were able to tie the game at 3-3. In the fourth inning, Wilson started Brown off with a walk, but the next two batters flew out and struck out. Then, freshman Kelsey Peterson (Fairfield, VT) was walked, as both runners advanced on a passed ball.
Wilson scored the Bears' first run after a wild pitch and senior captain Liz Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA) hit a double bringing home Peterson to put the score at 3-2. Sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA) then came up big for Brown, as she hit a single to get Anderson home and tie-up the ballgame at 3-3.
The game went into extra innings, as Hartford had the bases loaded twice in both the seventh and ninth innings. Wilson was able to work the plate, and get the Bears out of those two intense innings.
In the ninth, Anderson started on second base, and Laabs hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Anderson to third. Then Hartford pitcher Gina Massaro walked in freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) and freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA), which loaded the bases for freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN). Although she got down in teh count, 0-2, Rothamel was able to stay patient at the plate, and walk in the winning run.
The Bears weren't able to keep the momentum on their side, as they lost their next two games to Campbell, 1-0, and then to Providence College, 10-2.
Sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) pitched against Campbell, and only allowed the Fighting Camels two hits. Campbell's freshman Shayla Cullum hit a homerun in the first inning against the Bears, giving them a 1-0 lead. Brown was only able to muster two hits for the entire game. The only two came in the first inning, and were by Rothamel and Browne.
The Bears were able to leave Charleston Southern with a win, as they defeated St. Bonaventure, 3-1. The Bears scored all three runs in the fourth inning off the Bonnies' Christine Keleher.
Rothamel got things started off with a single, and was bunted over to second by Wilson. Although Wilson got out, Rothamel was able to advance to third after a wild pitch by SBU's Keleher.
Although Brown's Baxter struck out Rothamel was able to get to third after a wild pitch. Next, Lewis was hit by a pitch and both Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) and sophomore Kari Best (Corona, CA) were walked, bringing in Rothamel to make it 1-0. Laabs came up big for the Bears, and hit a two-run single to bring in both Lewis and Asay, to put the score at 3-0.
The Bonnies recorded its lone run of the day in the fifth inning, as Kathryn Pazda reached first on a bunt. Pazda was batted in by Brianna Bricker's single, bringing the score to 3-1.
Wilson once again pitched a stellar game, allowing just two hits from the Bonnies. She was named Charleston Southern's All-Tournament Team after going 2-0 for the weekend.
Brown is back in action this weekend, when they travel to George Mason for a tournament. Brown will play Youngstown State on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. and then Morgan State immediately following at 3 p.m. On Sunday, March 11, the Bears will challenge YSU again at 9 a.m. and then George Mason at 1 p.m.