March 28, 2009
Ithaca, NY - In its Ivy League season opener, the Brown softball team (4-12, 0-2 Ivy) dropped two games to the Cornell Big Red (21-5, 2-0 Ivy) at Niemand-Robison Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bears were outscored 11-0 in five innings in game one, followed by a 6-0 loss in game two.
The Cornell Big Red had a hot day at the plate in the bottom of the first inning, as the squad batted all the way through its lineup to score 11 consecutive runs. Freshman Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) gave up six of those runs to receive the loss and put her record at 1-3 on the year, as sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) came in for relief and gave up five.
Brown's defense settled down after the first inning, while sophomore Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) came in at the mound in the third inning and allowed the Big Red to just one more hit during for the rest of the game as the Bears fell 11-0. Elizabeth Dalrymple earned the win and increases her record to 9-1. In her 2.2 innings pitched she retired five Brown batters and allowed just one hit.
Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) went two-for-two at the plate with two singles. Junior Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN), played in her first game since joining the squad this week, and went one of two with a single to right field.
Cornell's pitching remained tough in game two, and held the Bears scoreless in seven innings of play. Ali Tomlinson pitched 6.1 innings to strike out four Brown batters, and allowed just three hits. Iwasaki started at the mound for Bruno to drop 0-3 on the season after giving up four runs and allowing 10 hits before being replaced by Chin. Chin pitching one inning and gave up two runs. The Big Red tallied a run in both the first and second innings, but was held scoreless in the third and fourth. Cornell then combined for four runs in the fifth and sixth inning to earn the win, 6-0.
The Bears had four hits in game two, and were charged with two errors. Chaddock posted two hits, while rookies Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) and Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) notched one. Chaddock batted .800 in these games, as she went four-of-five from the plate. Brown now travels to Princeton to take on the Tigers tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.