Softball Drops Two To Princeton

April 25, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - The Bears dropped two games 4-0 and 7-3, to league leading Princeton (33-14, 12-2) this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears now fall to 12-16-1 overall on the season and 4-8 in the Ivy League.

In game one the Bears could not get anything going against the Tiger's pitcher Erin Snyder. Brown's best chance of the game came in the sixth inning when they had bases loaded with no one out. Senior Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) bunted her way to first base and was moved to second when junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) drew a walk to put runners on first and second with the 2-3-4 batters coming to the plate. Freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL) loaded the bases for Brown when she hit an infield single, for runners on every bag with no one out. But that would be as close as the Bears would get as the next three batters went down in order.

Berkes recorded the loss for the Bears going seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three.

In game two, the Tigers jumped out to a two run lead after the first half of the opening inning.

The Bears quickly answered, cutting the deficit to one in the bottom half of the first inning. Fleitell hit a lead off single to the short stop and advanced to third on a Pierre-Louis single through the right side. Junior Jaimie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ) had a pop fly to left field, where Fleitell and Pierre-Louis tagged up and advanced putting themselves in scoring position for the Bears. Sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) recorded her first RBI of the game on a deep fly ball to left field, bringing in Fleitell, putting the Bears on the board.

With score 3-1 going into the fifth inning Princeton rallied and brought in three runs to go ahead 6-1 late in the game.

Brown as able to make-up for two of those runs in the bottom of the fifth closing the gap, 6-3. Fleitell took first when she was hit by a pitch and was moved over on a fielder's choice by Pierre Louis. With two down and Fleitell in scoring position, Wirkowski doubled to left center field bringing in the Bear's second run and cutting the score to 6-2. Wirkowski was brought in on a single from Jenkins to cut the deficit in half, 6-3. That would be it for Brown as Princeton added an insurance run later in the sixth inning for the 7-3 victory.

Berkes went the distance in the second game, having four of the seven runs unearned on seven hits and fanning four.

The Bears will play their final home doubleheader series of the season on Thursday, April 28, when they take on cross-town rival Providence for a 3:00 PM start. The match-up will mark the final home game for seniors Marissa Berkes and Uchenna Omokaro.