April 24, 2007
Providence, RI - Despite losing its first game 3-2 to the University of Rhode Island (9-28, 2-9 A10) on Tuesday afternoon, the Brown softball squad (8-29, 1-15 Ivy) fought back in the second and defeated the Rams 8-7 in an exciting game two.
During the victory, URI took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as pitcher Jill Anderson held Brown scoreless in the first two innings. The Rams picked up two more runs in the third, but the Bears got on the board with two outs in the bottom of the third.
Brown scored its run after a single by freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA). Then, sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) sent a single t o centerfield and brought home Browne to make the score 3-1.
The Bears' got hot in the fourth, as they tallied five runs to the Rams' zero that inning. Starting the offense off was junior Linnea Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA) with a single to center field. Next, freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) walked, advancing freshman Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) to second, who came in to pinch run for Linnea Anderson.
A sacrifice bunt by senior Liz Anderson (Oak Hill, VA) put runners on second and third for Browne who batting next. Browne, who went three-for-four for the game, singled to center field to bring home Lavine and load the bases. Then, sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) hit a huge single to center to bring in both Anderson and Lewis. Freshman Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) sent a single to right field and brought in two more Brown runs, Wilson and Browne, to make the score, 6-3.
The Rams cut Brown's lead to just one in the next inning, when they picked up two runs in the top of the fifth and held Bruno scoreless in the bottom of the inning. URI tallied another run in the top of the sixth to give them a 7-6 lead, but once again. Brown came back with two runs.
Laabs was able to reach first base after an error by URI's third baseman, and Wilson singled to left field to advance Laabs. Junior catcher Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) put down a perfect bunt and was safe at first, as Laabs turned the corner and got home. Asay then hit a fly ball to right field, and Wilson tagged up on third and got home to score the second run of the inning.
The Rams were able to score a run in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bears' outstanding play, as they defeated URI 8-7.
Sophomore Michelle Moses started at the mound, pitching 3.2 innings. She gave up four hits and allowed three runs in the 13 batters she faced. Freshman Jessica Iwasaki came in for relief, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out two URI batters. She gave up seven hits and allowed four runs in the 19 batters she faced.
Wilson led the Bears' as she went three-for-four from the plate, including two runs scored and three RBIs. Browne went three-for-four with two runs and one RBI, and Asay went one-for three with three RBIs.
In game one, the Bears fell to URI, 3-2. Brown scored in the first inning after Browne doubled to center field and then scored on a wild pitch. URI tallied a run in the third, but another run scored by Brown in the fifth gave them a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the Rams scored two runs in the sixth inning and kept the Bears scoreless, to hand Brown the loss.
Sophomore Kristen Schindler (Caldwell, NJ) pitched 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and giving up three runs. Moses came in for relief, pitching 1.2 innings, striking out two batters and allowing just one hit.
The Bears will host Yale on Saturday for Brown Softball Alumni Day and senior day beginning at 1 p.m., and will then head to New Haven on Sunday for another doubleheader against Yale at 1 p.m.