Bears Go 1-1 in Second Day of Highlander Classic
March 27, 2004
The Brown softball team went 1-1 in the second day of the Highlander Softball Classic in Radford, Va. The Bears opened up the second day of competition dropping 11-1 to host Radford, but then came back to stun Maryland Eastern Shore with a 15-0 victory in their second game of the day. The Bears are now 6-6 on the season.
In game one, the Highlanders jumped out to take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Bears had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of the inning after Rachel Fleitell led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. However, the Bears came up short and entered the second down 1-0.
Radford tallied three more runs in the third to take a 4-0 advantage. The Bears rallied in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles by Fleitell, sophomore Mary Seid and senior Laura Leonetti. Fleitell scored Brown's first run with Leonetti earning the RBI on the play. The Highlanders answered back with their own rally in the fourth and tacked on seven more runs, taking an 11-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Game two was another story as Brown hammered Maryland Eastern Shore 15-0 on 14 hits.
The Bears jumped all over the Lady Hawks in the first, taking a 4-0 lead. Fleitell led off the inning with a walk, but was gunned out stealing second. With runners on first and second, sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski got the Bears on the board, 1-0 with a single. Freshman Courtney Jenkins then cleared the bases with a three-run bomb over the center-field fence.
The next inning, Brown tacked on three more runs to take a 7-0 advantage. After back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, Leonetti hit a rocket to centerfield to score the Bears' first run of the inning. Wirkowski followed up with a single to put the Bears up 6-0. Senior Melissa Brown hit a long fly ball to left to score Brown's third run of the inning.
In the third, Brown continued to rally, adding four more runs. Freshman Casey Lieb led off the inning with a single and scored on Fleitell's two-run homer over the left field fence. Seid and Leonetti continued the Bears' hitting streak with back-to-back doubles, to give Brown a 10-0 lead over Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Bears continued with a five-run inning in the fourth to take a 15-0 advantage over the Lady Hawks. Lieb led off the inning with her second single of the game. After Seid reached on an error, Leonetti cleared the bases with a three-run blast over the centerfield fence, marking the Bears third home-run of the game. Brown added two more runs when pinch hitters sophomore Sara Wilson, Sarah Hans and freshman Liz Anderson had back-to-back hits in the inning.
On the mound, freshman Sara Corrigan-Gibbs earned her second win of the weekend with a no-hitter. Gibbs stuck out 8 in the game.
Leonetti went 4-5 with 6 RBI and a homerun. Teammates Fleitell and Jenkins also had home-runs on the day for the Bears.
Brown will face Albany tomorrow at 9 a.m. The winner will take on the #1 seeded Radford at 11 a.m.