March 18, 2009
Providence, RI - The Brown University softball team scored five runs in the first inning and notched three home runs during the game en route to a thrilling 12-3 victory over Holy Cross during its first home game of the 2009 season. Junior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) and rookie Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) hit homeruns to combine for four of the team's five runs in the first, while freshman Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) knocked one out of the park in the sixth to score three runs to end the game. Brown increased its record to 2-3 on the season, as Holy Cross dropped to 6-9.
Holy Cross gained an immediate 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Keeley Seniuk's double to center field brought in shortstop Tiffany Medwid. But the Bears answered back with a five-run inning to take a 5-1 lead after the first inning of play. With junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) on second base, Asay smashed a homer over the fence in center field for two RBI. Strobel then notched a double to center field and was brought home by sophomore Emily Chaddock's (Laguna Niguel, CA)'s double to left. Then, Brown's Melvin stepped up to the plate and launched the ball to left field for a two-run homer to put the score to 5-1.
Senior pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) then held the Crusaders scoreless for the next three innings while Brown scored two runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 9-1 lead. With two outs in the third, senior first baseman Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) and Chaddock both knocked singles into center field. Melvin reached first after an error by the catcher, as Moses knocked in two runs after she singled to right field.
A double by freshman Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) scored Browne who led off the fourth inning with a bunt for a single, and Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Mastrangelo to extend Bruno's lead to eight heading into the fifth.
The Crusader's came back to score two runs in the fifth after Seniuk homered to bring home Caitlin Belanger who walked to decease its deficit to 9-3. But the Bears produced three runs in the sixth after Strobel homered to center field to bring in Mastrangelo and Asay to end the game 12-3.
Moses increased her record at the mound to 2-0 this season, as she allowed seven hits and just three runs in today's game. She faced 29 batters and struck out six to improve her ERA to 1.95.
Leading Brown's offense was Chaddock, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Strobel went 3-for-4 at the plate, which included a double and a home run, scored two runs and tallied three RBI.
Receiving the loss at the mound was Natalie Cruz (1-3), who gave up seven runs in 2.2 innings pitched. Katie Alexander came in for relief to give up two runs, followed by Camille Trainor, who gave up three runs in the final inning of play.
The Bears head down south for the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., as they are scheduled to take on Army at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, followed by a 3:00 p.m. game against Iona.