March 29, 2008
New York, NY - The Brown softball team (5-8, 0-2 Ivy) opened its Ivy League season with two losses to the Columbia Lions (11-13, 2-0) this afternoon. Bruno fell 4-0 in game one, and then 8-5 in game two. The Bears were led by sophomore Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ), who went three-for-seven from the plate, including a double, and senior Linnea Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA), who tallied three hits, including a homerun, and an RBI.
Columbia started off hot in game one, scoring three quick runs on junior pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) in the first inning. Jackie Ecker doubled to start things off for the Lions, and Chantee Dempsey got to first after a Brown error. The runners advanced on a passed ball, and Dani Pineda singled to bring in Columbia's first two runs of the day. Then, a single by Ciji Rich brought in Pineda, to put the score at 3-0. Columbia scored again in the fifth, after Leong singled to get to first, and advanced to second on an error. Johnson then singled down the left field line, to bring home Leong and take a 4-0 advantage.
Moses pitched six innings for the Bears, giving up seven hits and allowing four runs. She struck out seven batters, and walked just two. Moses is now 5-3 on the season and has a 1.28 ERA. On the mound for Columbia was Maggie Johnson, who struck out six Brown batters and allowed four hits. Her record is now 7-4.
Brown put the bats to work in game two, scoring its first run in the first inning. Freshman Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) doubled to left field to score junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA). The Lions came right back to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the inning, and then went on to score two more in the second. Bruno brought the score to 3-2 in the fifth, after Anderson homered to left field.
Sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) pitched 4.2 innings for Bruno, giving up seven runs and allowing 11 hits. Chin came in for relief pitching 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and giving up one run to the Lions.
Unfortunately, the Lions tallied five runs in the final two innings to Bruno's two, to defeat the Bears 8-5. Sophomore Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) scored on a wild pitch, and Browne singled to center field in the seventh to score freshman Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA).
The Bears will now head to Philadelphia to take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in a double header beginning at 12:30.