March 27, 2007
Long Beach, CA - The Bears (6-10) still haven't been able to find a win during their trip to California, as the softball team was defeated by Long Beach State (16-16) 7-0 in the first game and then 6-4 in the second this afternoon.
The Bears, who had zero hits in its first loss to the 49ers, came back in the second game to out-hit Long Beach State 10 runs to 9. With sophomore Kristen Schindler (Caldwell, NJ), the 49ers picked up a few runs early, scoring one run in the first and three in the second.
But the Bears picked up the slack and scored two runs in the third to cut their deficit to 4-2. Brown's offense in the third was started by sophomore Kari Best `s (Corona, CA) single, and freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) got out at first on a sacrifice bunt, but was able to advance Best to second.
Then, junior captain Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) hit a double, which brought home Best, and gave the Bears its first run of the afternoon. Freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) grounded out to the shortstop, giving the Bears two outs, but was able to move Baxter to third. Up next was freshman Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) who hit a single to bring in Baxter, but sophomore Kelsey Peterson (Monterey, CA) made the third out, sending the Bears into the fourth inning down, 4-2.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, but Long Beach State was able to pick up two more runs in the fifth. Freshman Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) took over for Schindler on the mound, and pitched the last two innings allowing just three hits and didn't allow the 49ers any more runs.
Brown was able to pick up two runs in the top of the seventh inning, as freshman Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) started the attack with a single, as Best followed up with another single. A passed ball got Best to third and Lavine to second, and Rothamel hit a double to bring home both Best and Lavine, which put the score at 6-4, and eventually end the game.
Rothamel led the offense in game two with two RBIs as she went 1-for-3 from the plate. Best went 2-for-4, scoring two runs, and both Baxter and Asay chipped in with one RBI.
The Bears will challenge San Diego State in a doubleheader tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. They will then open up at home on Saturday, March 31 against Princeton and then Sunday, April 1, against Cornell.