Softball Comes From Behind To Sweep Penn, 5-4, 4-2
April 24, 2005
The Bears (12-14-1, 4-6) got the sweep over Pennsylvania (13-24, 3-9) this afternoon in a 5-4, game one victory and 4-2 game two victory on a late three run rally in the fifth inning. Junior Jaimie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ) got Brown's bats going early, hitting a two run shot over the left field wall in the first inning of game one for the early two run lead. Freshman Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) and sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) followed Wirkowski's lead, recording home runs of their own later that game.
In game one the Quakers struck quickly, scoring a run in the top of the first inning when their lead-off batter was walked by Bear's pitcher senior Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) and advanced to second on a wild pitch and batted in two batters later for the early one run lead.
The Bears offense came alive early scoring three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the first frame. Freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL) hit a one out single to the right side to put a runner on with one out. Wirkowski then stepped to the plate and hit a two run homer over the left field fence, to put the Bears ahead by one. Tow batters later Baxter made her mark in the game hitting a home run of her own, over the left field fence giving the Bears a two run cushion.
Penn would cut the deficit to a run in the top of the second, when Meghan Cowen drew a one out walk and was brought in on two consecutive singles, having the score 3-2 at the end of two.
The Bears increased their lead back to two when sophomore Melissa Ota (Irvine, CA) was brought in by senior Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) two batters later for the two run lead. Ota hit a lead off single up the middle and was moved to third on an Omokaro double to right field.
The Quakers answered back again scoring a run in the top of the fifth, when Kim Le was brought in on a Annie Kinsey single for Pennsylvania's third run.
In the bottom half of the inning the Bears got a crucial run from the bat of Jenkins, when she hit her team leading fourth home run of the season, for a 5-3 lead. The home run proved to be the game winner as the Quakers scored a run in the sixth, but couldn't bring the tying run from third across the plate, as Omokaro got two of the next three batters to pop up, ending the threat.
Omokaro finished the game with five strikeouts and three walks, surrendering four runs on nine hits in seven innings.
In game two the Bears found themselves playing catch up for most of the game being down 2-1, going into the bottom of the fifth inning, where they rallied and brought in three runs for the 4-2 victory.
Baxter tied the score at one in the second inning, getting a lead off infield single, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ota, and got to third on a passed ball, putting herself 60 feet from tying the game. On a hard hit ball to the second basemen by junior Sarah Wilson (Rancho Sante Fe, CA) Baxter was able to get in to put the Bears on the board and tie the game at 1-1.
As Brown headed into the bottom of the fifth inning the score stood at 2-1, in Penn's favor with the Bears looking to get something started offensively. Wilson hit a lead off single to left field and head coach Pam McCreesh brought in freshman Meghan Andrews (Longmeadow, MA) to pinch run for the Bears. With back-to-back bunt singles by Berkes and Fleitell, Brown had bases loaded with no one out. Pierre-Louis hit a timely single through the right side to bring in Andrews and Berkes, giving Brown the lead for the first time all game, 3-2. Jenkins hit a hard shot to the second baseman, who collected the ball and tried to throw out Fleitell coming home, but Fleitell got a good jump and was safe at the plate for the Bear's fourth run and the two run lead.
In the bottom half of the inning Berkes retired all three batters she face, getting two to strikeout swinging and the other watching the third strike pass her by. In her fourth victory of the season, Berkes pitched seven innings striking out three and gave up two runs on eight hits, for the 4-2 victory.
The Bears will face league leader Princeton tomorrow, Monday, April 25 at 2:00 PM for an Ivy League doubleheader match-up.