April 6, 2004
The Brown softball team split a doubleheader with Stony Brook in their first home series of the season on Tuesday, April 6. They defeated the Seawolves 6-2 in game one, but dropped game two 2-1. The Bears are now 7-12 on the season.
In game one, Stony Brook jumped all over the Bears, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
However, the Bears answered back with three runs in the third to take a lead they would not relinquish. Freshman Melissa Ota started the Brown rally with a single to leftfield. The next batter, sophomore Rachel Fleitell, hit a routine ball to third, but an error by the third baseman scored Ota, putting Fleitell on third. Fleitell then scored the Bears second run of the inning on a wild pitch. Senior Laura Leonetti finished off the inning with a homerun over the right field fence to give Brown a 3-1 advantage.
In the top of the fifth Stony Brook attempted to chip away at Browns' lead. However, the Bears tough defense shut down the Seawolves with the bases loaded, allowing only one run to score.
The Bears added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. Fleitell led off the inning with a single through the left side. She advanced to second on a ground ball by sophomore Mary Seid and to third on a past ball. In the three spot, Leonetti hit a rocket up the middle to score Fleitell for the Bears first run of the inning. Senior Melissa Brown continued Brunos' hit attack with a single to left scoring Leonetti.
Brown tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead over Stony Brook. Ota reached on an error, advanced to third on a bunt single by Seid and scored on a wild pitch.
Junior pitcher, Marissa Berkes, got the win for the Bears giving up only two runs on eight hits and striking out five.
Leonetti led the Bears' nine hit attack, going 3-4 with a double, homerun and two RBI.
In game two both teams remained scoreless, missing opportunities to take the lead with runners in scoring position. The Bears ended the 0-0 deadlock in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski smacked a double to right with one out. Freshman Courtney Jenkins scored Wirkowski on the next play when she hit a bomb over the right fielders head, giving Brown a 1-0 lead.
Stony Brook answered back in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 1-1 and took the lead for the first time in the game, 2-1 in the top of the sixth.
The Bears were unable to recapture the lead, dropping to the Seawolves 2-1.
Brown will continue action on Friday, April 9 when they open up Ivy League competition against Columbia. The double header will begin at 3:00 p.m.