Bears Sweep Fairfield In Non-Conference Action
April 25, 2006
Providence, RI - The Bears swept Fairfield 5-4 in game one and two, rallying late in both match-ups to send the Stags home with two losses. In game one sophomore Linnea Anderson hit the game winning RBI to right field for the 5-4 win and in game two classmate Amy Baxter smashed the ball to center field to bring in senior Jaimie Wirkowski, giving Brown the lead for good.
In game one the Bears overcame an early two run deficit as the Stags were able to bring in a run in the first and third innings. Senior Mary Seid got Brown going hitting a lead-off double down the right field line. The Bears next batter freshman Kaitlyn Laabs was hit by a pitch putting runners on first and second with no outs. After a passed ball moved the runners up a base, freshman Kelsey Wilson drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Junior Melissa Ota tagged a pitch to right center to bring in Seid and Laabs, and put two runners in scoring position. Wilson tried to catch Fairfield sleeping, as freshman Kari Best hit a deep ground ball to the short stop, but the Stag's player made a heads up play and threw a strike to the catcher to get Wilson out at the plate.
Fairfield regained a two run lead in the top of the fifth, bringing in their two runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Michelle Moses pitched five strong innings allowing four runs on nine hits, before classmate Kristen Schindler came in relief in the sixth inning.
After a quick 1-2-3 top of the sixth the Bears came storming back in the bottom half of the sixth tying the score at four. After a lead-off single by Anderson, sophomore pinch runner Meghan Andrews stole second and made her way to third on an error by the shortstop. With runners at first and second and one out, Seid hit a high fly ball to left field to bring in Andrews. The Bear's next batter, Laabs hit a double to right center to bring in Baxter a tie the score heading into the final inning.
In the top of the seventh, Schindler was able to overcome a lead-off single, to keep the Stags off the board. Brown got the go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, as Ota came in on a single to right field by Anderson to give Brown the 5-4 game one win.
In game two Wilson found herself in a hole early, as the Stags were able to load the bases with no one outs. After two runs came in on a walk and single Fairfield hit a pair of ground balls to the left side where Ota got the force at home keep the Bears within reach. Fairfield was able to bring in one more run for the 3-0 lead after two.
In the bottom of the third inning Brown would make of the deficit as Wirkowski hit a three run shot to left field to knot the score at three. Fleitell beat out a blooper in front of the plate and moved to second after a ground ball to the pitcher was too high for the shortstop to put two on with no outs. After a ground out by sophomore Natalie Hewitt, Seid and Fleitell stood at second and third with one out and Wirkowski coming to the plate.
The Stags regained the lead in the top of the fifth, but the lead would not stand for long as the Bears grabbed two runs in the bottom of the inning for the 5-4 final. Seid hit a lead-off double along the left field line and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hewitt. Seid scored on the following play to tie the game at four. Wirkowski, who reached first on the play that scored Seid, stole second and went to third on a long fly ball to right field. Wirkowski was brought in a batter later by Baxter to give the Bears a 5-4 win. Wilson got the win for Brown pitching five innings and allowing four runs on six hits.
The Bears will travel to on Thursday April 27, Boston University to take on the Terriers in their final non-conference game of the season. The first pitch will be thrown at 4:30 p.m.