March 23, 2009
DeLand, FL - The Brown softball team was defeated 8-0 in five innings by Stetson University on Monday evening at Patricia Wilson Field. The Bears dropped to 4-6 on the season, while Stetson won its sixth consecutive game to improve its record to 19-13.
At the start of the first inning, junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) doubled to left center to record one of the Bears' two hits for the day, and advanced to third after rookie Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) flied out to right field. But Stetson was able to keep Brown hitless in the next two innings, while the Hatters tallied six runs in the first and two in the fifth.
The Hatters got off to a hot start, combining for five hits and six runs in the first inning of play. Brown sophomore Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) started at the mound giving up five of those runs to earn the loss, while freshman Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) closed it out giving up three more.
Stetson scored its first run after an Andrea Migliori double that brought home Amy Joyce who singled to Chin. Amanda Lindsey hit an RBI single, and with the bases loaded, Katie Lawrence walked to bring home Jesse Tucker, and Chelsey Trotto scored after a wild pitch. Then, an Amanda Bailey triple brought in Stetson's last two runs of the inning to increase its lead to 6-0.
Erica Demers continued to pitch a solid game for the Hatters, as she struck out seven Brown batters in the five innings of play. Melvin seemed to stop Stetson's attack for the next two innings as she held the squad scoreless, but it wasn't for long as they went on to score two in the fourth to take a 8-0 lead.
Before Stetson could score two more, Brown recorded its second hit of the day when Strobel singled up the middle, and went on to steal second base to put herself in scoring position. However, a foul out, pop out and a strikeout ended the inning and that was as close as Brown would come.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Stetson loaded the bases, and tallied its first of two runs after Brittany Knipp reached first on a fielder's choice to score Jessica Lokeinsky, followed by a single to left field by Bailey that scored Carolyn Boyd that put the game out of reach and ended the game in the fifth inning in Stetson's favor, 8-0.
In 3.2 innings on the mound, Melvin allowed five hits, gave up three runs and struck out one batter. Demers received the win to increase her record to 9-7 on the year.
The Bears will now play a doubleheader against Jacksonville tomorrow beginning at 4:00 p.m.