March 20, 2009
Kissimmee, FL - The Brown softball team (3-4) earned a 5-1 victory over Army but then dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Iona during the first day of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Freshman Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) led the Bears' offense going 3-for-5 from the plate, and sophomore Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) and Trish Melvin each tallied two RBI this afternoon.
Army got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning when Erin McClain singled to center field to score Alexis AuBuchon who reached first on a walk to take a 1-0 lead. But the Bears came back in the second when Melvin doubled to right center to bring in both Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) and Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) to put Brown ahead, 2-1.
Junior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) shut down the Black Knights for the next five innings as the Bears notched three runs in the fifth to win the game, 5-1. A two-RBI single by Chin brought home both Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA) and junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ). Brown earned its final run after a Strobel grounder scored Mastrangelo.
Moses allowed just four hits and one run while striking out four Black Knight batters. She increased her record to 3-0 on the season and now has a 1.64 ERA.
The following game, the Bears fell in a pitchers' dual with Iona by a score of 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Iona tallied seven hits for the game, while the Bears posted just three, with their first coming in the second inning with Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) singled through the ride side. The Bears tallied its last two hits in the fourth inning, after Browne doubled to center field and Mastrangelo singled through the left side. But the Bears couldn't get on the scoreboard, as the game continued with no score until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) pitched 6.2 innings and retired four Iona batters and allowed seven hits. With runners on first and third, Chaddock came in to relieve Iwasaki on the mound. Unfortunately, the umpire made a questionable call of an illegal pitch which brought home Chelsea Sheehan to end the game in Iona's favor, 1-0.