May 2, 2003

Softball Falls To Yale In Both Games of Doubleheader

May 2, 2003

New Haven, CT - The Brown softball team dropped two games to Yale, 8-6 and 4-2, on Friday in New Haven, CT. The match was the Bears final doubleheader of the season as they now stand at 16-22 overall and 5-8 in the Ivy League. The team will finish an incomplete game against Princeton at home tomorrow, Saturday May 3. The game, played on April 14, was called due to darkness in the top of the ninth with Princeton leading 8-5.

In game one against Yale, Brown fought hard to keep the game in reach but the Bulldogs pulled away with an 8-6 victory. After Yale took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, the Bears responded with a run in the top of the second. Senior Erin Durlesser led off the inning with a double to left center. Sophomore Candace Toth followed up with a single that scored Durlesser.

The Bulldogs took a 5-1 lead by the end of the third inning, scoring four runs on three hits and one error. The Bears answered once again in the next inning, cutting the lead to two with a pair of runs. Durlesser began the inning with a base hit to center field and the Bears eventually loaded the bases with two outs. The team's first run came on an error and the second run was walked in when freshman Rachel Fleitell was hit by a pitch.

Yale pushed its lead to five in the sixth inning when it scored three runs on a trio of hits. Brown rallied in the final frame, scoring three runs to come within two, but fell short. Durlesser drove in two with her second double of the game in the inning while Toth drove in the other run with a base hit to center field.

Durlesser led the way with a 3-4 performance with two runs scored and two batted in. Toth added two hits and two RBI as well. Junior Laura Leonetti recorded five putouts and one assist, making several impressive plays at the second base position.

Sophomore Uchenna Omokaro suffered the loss on the mound. In three innings of work she allowed five runs, just one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Marissa Berkes pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Karinna Sjo-Gaber also saw time on the mound, pitching two-thirds of an inning.

In game two, it was the Bears who jumped out first, taking a 2-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Freshman Jaimie Wirkowski singled to center field to start off the inning. After three straight walks, Wirkowski scored and Durlesser soon followed on a wild pitch.

Yale tied the game in the fourth with a two-run homer by senior Jessika Bartholomew. The Bulldogs scored the game-winning run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and added an insurance run to take the win, 4-2.

Freshman Marcia Abbott started on the mound and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Sjo-Gaber finished the game, pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing no runs with one hit.

Junior Melissa Brown, Wirkowski, Leonetti and Berkes all recorded a hit in the loss while senior Lauren Wong added an RBI.

The Bears game against Princeton will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The game resumes with Princeton batting with a runner on first and two outs in the top of the ninth with an 8-5 lead.

Game One:
Brown 010 200 3 - 6 6 1
Yale ... 104 003 x - 8 10 3
B-Omokaro (loss), Berkes, Sjo-Gaber and Toth (catcher); Y-Miles, Hunt (win) and Kwiatowski

Game Two:
Brown 020 000 0 - 2 4 0
Yale.... 000 202 x - 4 6 1
B-Abbott (loss), Sjo-Gaber and Brown (catcher); Y-Pavlicek (win) and Kwiatowski