April 4, 2009
Providence, RI - The Brown University softball team (8-14, 2-4 Ivy) earned a split against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers (7-18, 2-4 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears picked up an 9-7 victory in the first game of the doubleheader, but dropped a 9-1 decision later in the day.
Brown would light up the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning when freshman Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) brought in sophomore Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) with a double to right center. The Quakers came firing back in the third when Penn's Boccanfuso tallied her first homerun of the season with runners on second and third base to give Penn a 3-1 lead heading into the fourth inning.
The Bears brought tied the game in the fourth when junior Katie Rothamel's (Brentwood, TN) double to center field brought home junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ). Then, freshman Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA) singled to the pitcher and advanced to second after an error on Penn's catcher, which then scored Rothamel who advanced home on the bad throw to bring the score to 3-3.
Both teams scored runs in the fifth, as Penn then tallied three runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. The feisty Bears would then answer with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take back the lead and win the game. With the bases loaded, senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) hit a double to bring in two runs, as Chaddock followed it up with an RBI single. Browne singled to left field to bring in a runner, and Rothamel hit a sacrifice fly to score the Bears' fifth run of the inning.
Junior Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) received the win at the mound, allowing just two runs on one hit while striking out two batters. The win increases her record to 1-3 on the season.
Game two didn't go as well for the Bears, as the Quakers secured a 9-1 victory. Brown scored a run in the first inning when a double by Wilson brought in freshman Kate Strobel (Denver, CO). The Quakers tied the game up with a run in the top of the third, and then outscored Bruno 8-0 in the next three innings.
Chaddock (1-4) took the loss at the mound giving up six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Browne led the offense this afternoon going 4-of-6 from the plate with one run and an RBI, followed by a 3-of-5 performance by Chaddock, which included two runs, and an RBI. Both Wilson and Rothamel had three RBI apiece.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow when it takes on Columbia in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.