April 12, 2008
Providence, RI - The Brown softball squad (5-18. 0-10) dropped two close games this afternoon to the Dartmouth Big Green. The Bears fell 4-3 in game one, and then lost 1-0 in game two. Both Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) and Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) picked up two hits and each had a double in today's losses.
During the first game, the Bears got on the scoreboard first when Lavine reached first on a Dartmouth error. Senior Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) flied out to center field, but advanced Lavine to third base and then scored on a throwing error to put Bruno ahead, 1-0.
Dartmouth tied the game in the third inning, after Kirsten Costello singled to right field. Then, Leigha Clarkson smacked one to left center for a double, tallying an RBI and putting the score at 1-1.
But the Bears didn't back down, taking the lead back in the bottom of the third inning when Baxter singled up the middle to score Lavine who had got on base on a double to right field.
Brown pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) kept the Big Green scoreless for the next two innings, but Dartmouth tallied three runs in the sixth to go up 4-2. Freshman Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) came in for relief in the sixth, shutting down the Big Green for the rest of the game.
With one out in the sixth inning, junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) hit a solo homerun to put the Bears' within one, but that was as close as they would get, falling 4-3. Moses struck out six batters and four runs (one earned) and allowed seven hits. Chin allowed just one hit in the five batters she faced.
In a nail-biting game two, freshman Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) had a stellar performance at the mound for the Bears. Pitching 4.1 innings, Chaddock allowed just five hits and struck out three batters as she held the Big Green scoreless.
But Dartmouth was able to squeeze in a run with sophomore pitcher Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) at the mound in the sixth inning. Dartmouth's Clarkson doubled to center field, and J.J. Wright singled to right center to score the only run of the game. Brown couldn't produce in the bottom of the sixth, but had a chance in the seventh when freshman Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI) singled to left center with two outs. Unfortunately, Rice couldn't make it home, ending the game, 1-0.