Softball Defeats Columbia 3-2 Before Falling 3-2 in Extra Innings In Game Two

April 28, 2003

New York, NY - The Brown softball team split a doubleheader with Columbia on Monday Apr. 28. The Bears won game one 3-2 but fell 3-2 in 11 innings in the second game. Brown is now 15-19 overall and 5-6 in the Ivy League.

In game one, Brown scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Sophomore Uchenna Omokaro led off the inning with a single through the left side. Junior Laura Leonetti reached on a walk and freshman Jaimie Wirkowski reached on an error. Senior Erin Durlesser then drove in two runs on a fielder's choice. The throw to home went wild, allowing both Omokaro and Leonetti to score. Sophomore Candace Toth drove in the Bears' third run with a suicide squeeze.

Columbia scored one run in the fifth and one in the sixth but fell short as freshman Marcia Abbott picked up the win on the mound. In 5.1 innings, she allowed just two runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Omokaro picked up the save, pitching the last 1.2 innings with no runs, no hits and two strikeouts.

Senior Lauren Wong and Durlesser went 1-2 at the plate while Leonetti added a hit as well.

After going down 1-0 in the second inning of game two, Brown came back to tie the game 1-1 in the fourth. Freshman Rachel Fleitell scored on a Columbia error. Brown grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth when Fleitell singled through the left side. Leonetti then brought in the go ahead run with an RBI triple.

The Lions were able to get the tying run across the plate in the bottom half of the inning as they went on to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th for the 3-2 win. Brown recorded six hits in the loss with Leonetti leading the way with two.

Sophomore Marissa Berkes suffered the loss on the mound. In 10.1 innings, she allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.

Brown continues action tomorrow, Tuesday Apr. 29 for its final home game versus Providence beginning at 3 p.m.