April 13, 2008
Providence, RI - The Brown softball team (6-19, 1-11) split with Dartmouth College (9-18, 5-5) this afternoon in a doubleheader at the Erickson Athletic Complex. After falling 7-3 to the Big Green in game one, the Bears tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth in game two to score the go-ahead runs and earn a 5-3 victory. Sophomore Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) led the Bears this afternoon, going five-for-eight from the plate including one RBI, as junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) went two-for-six with two RBIs.
With the bases loaded and the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown freshman Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI) scored the go-ahead run after Dartmouth pitcher Devin Lindsay walked freshman Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA). Brown's Wilson then sent a single to left center to score senior catcher Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) to defeat the Big Green 5-3.
Bruno started off game two hot, scoring three runs in the first inning. Lavine, who got on base after a Dartmouth error, crossed the plate after a passed ball. Sophomore Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) singled to right field to score Baxter, who got on base on a walk. Wilson then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, as freshman Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) came home on the throw to put the Bears ahead, 3-0.
Dartmouth then picked up two runs in the second inning off sophomore pitcher Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA). With two outs and a runner on first and third, Dartmouth's Alyssa Parker doubled to center field to bring in both Nikki Yee and Katie Chifcian to cut its deficit to just one heading into the fourth.
A scoreless fourth for both teams led to Dartmouth picking up a run in the top of the fifth. Dartmouth's Chifcian singled to center field to score Christy Autin to tie the ballgame at 3-3. But Bruno's stellar offense in the fifth inning put two more runs on the scoreboard. Brown's Chin came in for relief at the mound, pitching the final two innings of the ballgame as Bruno held the Big Green scoreless. Iwasaki pitched five innings and faced 20 batters. She allowed five hits, gave up three runs and struck out four Dartmouth batters. Chin allowed just one hit and struck out one of the nine batters she faced.
During the first game, the Bears were able to out-hit the Big Green 14-8, but unfortunately fell, 7-3, after Dartmouth tallied five runs in the final two innings of the game. Dartmouth gained an early 2-0 lead after scoring two runs in the top of the second inning off Brown's Chin who was at the mound.
With Dartmouth runners on first and second in the third inning with two outs, Chaddock relieved Chin at the mound and retired the next batter to get out of the inning. Brown then tallied two runs in the fourth to the tie game, 2-2. Lavine singled to the shortstop to score Browne who got on after laying down a bunt. Rice then crossed home plate after Dartmouth pitcher Angela Megaw threw a wild pitch.
Chaddock struck out two Dartmouth batters in the fifth holding the Big Green scoreless that inning, as Bruno picked up a run in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Rice hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Chin who advanced home on the throw.
With bases loaded, junior pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) came in for Chaddock at the mound, but unfortunately, couldn't stop the hot-hitting Big Green who tallied four runs that inning. Moses walked in the first run, and then Kirsten Costello doubled to center field to score three runs. Dartmouth then scored its last run of the game in the top of the seventh after Leigha Clarkson hit a homerun to right center, winning the game, 7-3. Moses (5-9) received the loss at the mound, as Dartmouth's Devin Lindsay earned the win.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, April 16, when they travel to Storrs to take on the University of Connecticut for one game beginning at 4:00 p.m. They will then head to Boston over the weekend, where they will take on Harvard on both Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 for doubleheaders beginning at 12:30 p.m.