March 19, 2005
Newtown Square, PA - The softball team (0-2) kicked off their 2005 season today, at the Villanova Tournament. The Bears battled back from a two run deficit in their first game of the day, falling to UMass in the final inning 3-2. Against Villanova Brown found themselves down early and was unable to recover dropping to the Wildcats 5-1.
The Bears found themselves down early when the Minutewoman's Jenna Busa hit a two-out homerun off senior Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) for the early one run lead. Brown's first hit of the game came off junior Sarah Wilson's (Rancho Sante Fe, CA) bat in the fourth inning getting an infield single in the hole between third and short. The Bear's next batter junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) reached first when she was hit by a pitch, having Wilson advance to second. Fleitell and pinch runner freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL) reached second and third on an UMass error and stolen base with two outs, looking to get the Bears on the board. But Busa got Omokaro to ground out ending the threat for Brown. In the bottom half of the inning the Minutewoman doubled their lead, on a solo homerun by Stacy Cullington.
The Bears began to get things going in the sixth when lead off Mary Seid (Spring Valley, CA) recorded an infield single and two batters later sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) reached first on an error giving the Bears runners at the corners with one out. Freshman Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) loaded the bases for Brown when she drew a walk. The Bear's next batter, sophomore Melissa Ota (Irvine, CA) drove in Seid and Jenkins on a right field double tying the game at two.
The Minutewomen threatened again in the bottom of the inning having runners on first and second with two outs, but Omokaro struck out the next batter ending the inning. UMass got the go ahead run in the seventh, for the 3-2 win. Omokaro allowed three runs on six hits and struck out seven in this afternoon's loss. The Bears recorded four hits and left seven runners stranded in their first match-up of the season.
In the Bear's second game of the day Villanova built a four run after five innings of play. The Bear's only run came in the sixth when Seid reached first on a walk and advanced to second and third on wild pitches, having Jenkins double, bringing Seid across the plate, cutting the Wildcat's lead the three runs. Villanova added two runs in the final inning to round out the scoring. Senior Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) recorded the loss for Brown, in six innings of play Berkes recorded six hits, and five runs, three of them earned.
The Bears were schedule to play Stony Brook and Villanova, but will instead take on the Wildcats in a double-header, weather permitting, having the first pitch set for 11:00 AM.