Softball Earns Ivy Split With Dartmouth
April 16, 2006
Providence, RI - The Bears made a game of it in he bottom of the seventh, as the bases were loaded with two outs and yesterday's hero freshman Kaitlyn Laabs in the batter's box. Laabs was unable to bring in the equalizer, as Dartmouth went on to win 2-1 in game two. Brown took game one 8-2 to earn a split in this afternoon's match-up, as the Bears now stand at 13-23 overall and 3-5 in Ivy League play.
Senior Mary Seid got the Bears going, as her lead-off double in the first putting a runner on with no outs. Seid was brought in on a single from freshman Kelsey Wilson giving Brown a 1-0 lead after one inning down.
The Bears brought in two runs in the bottom of second inning, to jump out to a 3-0 lead. After a fielder's choice on a bunt from freshman Kari Best, taking down sophomore Amy Baxter at second, freshman Ava Amini recorded a single and senior Rachel Fleitell was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one down. Brown cashed in on a Seid infield fly that was dropped by the shortstop padding the lead to two runs. The Bear's nest batter, Laabs, was able to bring in Amini on single for the Bear's third run.
Dartmouth was able to cut the deficit to one in the third, as the Big Green hit a leadoff double and followed that up with a triple, which was later brought in on a single. Dartmouth threatened again in the fourth as bases were loaded with two outs, but the Big Green was unable to bring in the tying run as the third out came on a pop up in foul territory that was gloved by freshman Ava Amini.
The Bears were able to gain some breathing space in the bottom of the fifth as three Brown players came across the plate for the 6-2 lead. Seid was hit by a pitch and made her way to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laabs and took third on a passed ball. With two outs Wilson and junior Melissa Ota loaded the bases on back-to-back walks. Sophomore Amy Baxter hit the gap in right center for a triple, clearing the bases and giving Brown the four run lead.
Brown was able to build their lead to six as Fleitell came in on a wild pitch and Wirkowski's double later in the inning brought Seid in for the 8-2 final. Freshman Michelle Moses pitched a complete game surrendering the two runs on nine hits, while fanning five in the win.
The Bears picked up game two where they left off, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after one. Seid drew a leadoff walk and made her way to third on two fielder's choice by Laabs and Wirkowski putting a runner forty-five feet away with two outs. Wilson singled up the middle to bring in Seid and give Brown the 1-0 lead.
Wilson carried a two hitter into the sixth inning, retiring 15 of the first 17 batters she faced, including five strikeouts. The Big Green finally solved the young hurler in the sixth, as they were able to cash in back-to-back singles for the 2-1 lead.
Brown threatened in the final inning but was unable to bring in the equalizer, earning the split.
The Bears will return to action on Wednesday, April 19 as they travel to Kingston, RI for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader battle with the URI Rams.