April 28, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown softball team (8-31, 1-17 Ivy) lost to the Yale Bulldogs (20-20, 5-13 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon on senior day. The Bulldogs defeated Brown 9-1 in the first game of a doubleheader, and then lost game two, 3-2. The Bears' only senior, Liz Anderson (Oak Hill, VA) was honored after both games for her hard work and dedication to the Brown softball program over the last four years.
Yale got on the scoreboard first, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after Ashley Sloan tripled to centerfield and Christina Guerland knocked in the run with another single to center. Brown responded in the fourth, tying the game at 1-1 when sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) started the Bears' off with a single to right field.
But that was as close as it would get for Brown, as Yale picked up two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and then exploded for five after a grand slam by Kyli Hanson in the seventh, which put the game away at 9-1.
Sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) started at the mound, and faced 31 batters, allowed 11 hits and gave up five runs to receive the loss. Sophomore Kristen Schindler relieved Moses in the fifth, giving up four runs.
In the second game, Brown took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) reached first after an error on Yale's third baseman Meredith Parks. Sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA) advanced Browne to second on a bunt, and a single by Wilson brought in Browne.
But the Bulldogs brought in two runs in the fifth, after Allie Canulli scored on a passed ball and Ashley Sloan hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Hanson and put the score at 2-1.
A scoreless sixth inning, led Yale to pick up one run in the seventh when Hanson doubled to center field and Guerland got her home in a single to left. With Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) leading-off for the Bears, she made perfect contact with the ball and sent it well over the left field fence for a solo home run. Unfortunately, Brown wasn't able to keep the momentum alive, and fell to Yale, 3-2.
Pitching a complete game for Brown was freshman Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA). She faced 24 batters, struck out three, allowed five hits and gave up three runs.
Freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) had three hits for the day, along with Laabs, Wilson, and Anderson each with two.