Bears Clinch Ivy Title with Sweep of Yale
May 1, 2004
The Brown softball team swept Yale in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 1. In game one, a five-run first inning propelled the Bears past the Bulldogs 8-3 and a two-run homerun sealed the deal in game two with a 7-4 victory. With the wins, the Bears improve to 19-18 overall and 10-4 in Ivy League play. The Bears clinched the Ivy Title with the sweep and will share first-place honors with Cornell.
Yale jumped on Brown early in the game taking a 1-0 lead in the first. However, the Bears answered back in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 advantage over the Bulldogs. Sophomore Rachel Fleitell led off the inning with a single and scored Brown's first run of the inning. Mary Seid, and freshmen Courtney Jenkins and Andrea Miranda also singled in the inning to give the Bears a lead they would not relinquish.
The Bears struck for two runs in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski and Jenkins to take a 8-1 lead.
Yale attempted to chip away at Brown's lead, but was only able to score one run in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Junior Uchenna Omokaro earned the win for the Bears giving up three runs on nine hits and struck out six.
In game two, the game remained in a scoreless tie until Yale went out in front 3-0 in the fourth inning.
After senior Laura Leonetti and Wirkowski led off with back-to-back singles the Bears rallied in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, 4-3. Brown got on the board with a two-run double by senior Melissa Brown. Freshman Melissa Ota tied the game at 3-3 with a double to centerfield and Omokaro put the Bears ahead with a single to left.
Although the Bulldogs answered back in the fifth to tie the score at 4-4, Jenkins put the Bears back on top, 6-4,with a two-run bomb over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the inning. Brown added an insurance run in the sixth to increase their lead to 7-4.
Junior Marissa Berkes earned the win on the mound for Bruno and Omokaro picked up the save in relief.
The Bears will now face Cornell on Saturday, May 8.