March 20, 2004
College Park, MD - The Brown softball went 1-1in the opening day of the University of Maryland Tournament. The Bears opened up competition with a tight 3-2 battle with Boston College but came out on top, 9-1, in their second game of the day against Eastern Shore. The Bears are now 3-3 on the season.
In game one against the Eagles, who defeated host Maryland earlier in the day, it was a pitchers duel with both teams going scoreless through the first three innings of play.
Freshman Sara Corrigan-Gibbs got the start on the mound for the Bears as she allowed just one hit through the first three frames.
Boston College finally got on the board in the fourth inning only to have Brown tie the game at one in the bottom half the frame. Freshman Andrea Miranda's single drove in sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski for the Bears' first run.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Eagles got what proved to be the winning run in the top of the sixth. Boston College totaled two runs in the frame to take a 3-1 advantage.
Wirkowski's solo home run in the bottom o f the sixth with two outs brought the Bears to within one but it was the last run they could collect in the game as the Eagles snuck by with the 3-2 victory.
Wirkowski finished the game 2-3 at the plate while Miranda and junior Marissa Berkes both went 1-3.
Game two was another story as Brown hammered Eastern Shore with 14 hits, cruising to the 9-1 victory.
The Bears rallied for four runs in the opening frame as they opened up play with four consecutive singles. Sophomores Rachel Fleitell, Mary Seid and Wirkowski along with senior Lauren Leonetti all notched base-hits in the inning.
Despite Fleitell being gunned down trying to advance to third, Wirkowski's knock up the middle brought in two runs. On the next play freshman Courtney Jenkins went yard with a two-run shot to give the Bears a 4-0 lead.
Brown added a run in the third with an RBI single by Miranda and put the game in the bag with a four-run sixth.
Brown totaled three hits in the inning, including an RBI single by Wirkowski and a two-run double by Berkes. The other run came on an Eastern Shore error. Four players tallied multiple hits in the win led by Wirkowski's 3-4 performance. She drove in three runs and also scored three. Jenkins went a perfect 3-3 at the plate with two runs driven in.
Berkes went 3-4 with two RBI while Leonetti finished 2-3 with two runs scored.
On the mound, sophomore Marcia Abbott got the win, pitching four and two-thirds. Abbott allowed just one run on six hits and strikeout five. Berkes pitched one and one-third of perfect relief, allowing no runs and no hits with three strikeouts.
Brown will face host Maryland tomorrow at 12 p.m. in the final day of the Terripens tournament.