March 4, 2008
Providence, RI - Under second-year head coach DeeDee Enebenter-Omidiji, the Brown softball team will look to improve on last year's record with the help of eight returning letter-winners, including two senior veterans, Linnea Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA) and Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA).
Baxter, Brown's starting catcher who started and played in all 43 games last season, was second on the team in batting average (.257) and runs batted in (15). She hit two home runs for the Bears last season, and tallied 29 hits.
Also returning to Brown's lineup is sophomore second baseman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ), who also started in every game in 2007. As a rookie, Browne led the team in almost every statistical category with a .268 batting average, 15 runs scored, five doubles, 34 hits, and eight stolen bases
Junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) is another of Brown's top returnees; she is a true utility player who earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season. A consistent performer on the field, Wilson saw time in the outfield, at first base and on the mound, while also batting clean-up for the Bears in a majority of the contests. Batting .255 for the season, Wilson was third on the team in RBIs (12), tallied 24 hits, scored 14 runs and tied for the team-lead in doubles (five).
Brown also returns its two top pitchers from last season, junior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) and sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA). Joining Moses and Iwasaki on the mound will be newcomer Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA).
Moses posted a 3-12 record with a 4.02 ERA last season. She made 25 appearances for a total of 102.2 innings while starting 16 games for the Bears. Iwasaki tallied a 3-10 record on the season, appearing in 19 games and starting 14 pitching for a total of 89.1 innings. Both struck out 54 batters; Moses gave up 80 runs and Iwasaki allowed 53.
Chaddock, a pitcher from Dana Hills High School, was her team's Most Valuable Player for four consecutive years. During her junior and senior seasons, she earned Varsity South Coast First Team honors and competed in the North-South All-Star game as a senior.
Other returning letter winners include sophomore first baseman/designated hitter Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC), who earned the team-lead in RBIs (16); also returning is sophomore Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) who tallied 10 runs and 16 hits in 2007.
Six newcomers will take the field this year: Danielle Comissiong (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands), Maria Marcrina (Sherrill, NY), Kristie Chin (Katy, TX), Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI), Chaddock and Joanna Schimmel (Oakland, CA).
Chin lettered in softball for four years and played first and second base, as well as pitched for the Cinco Ranch softball team. She was the 2007 Houston Athletic Committee's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and led her squad to a District Championship. During the regular season, She recorded a 0.51 ERA and had six shutouts, while also batting .340.
Schimmel, who hails from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, Calif., was her team's captain in 11th and 12th grade. She earned Second Team All-League honors and was named to the First Team All-League twice.
Rice attended Westerly High School in Rhode Island, and was a four-year letter winner in softball and she earned two in track & field. She was a four-year captain on the softball team, and earned All-State honors each year.
The Bears compete in three tournaments this season, the Lady Bucs College Softball Invitational at Charleston Southern, the UMBC Dawg Pound Classic, and the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Florida. Brown opens its season on Feb. 29, as the team travels to Charleston Southern to compete against Oakland, Toledo and Charleston Southern.
Ivy League play begins on March 29 when Bruno takes on Columbia at 12:30 p.m. in New York. The Bears then head to Penn to take on the Quakers on the 30th at 12:30 p.m.