Smithfield, RI- Sophomore Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) hit a three-run homerun in the fifth inning to lift the Brown University softball team (11-6) to a 5-4 victory over Bryant (3-15) on Thursday evening. Junior pitcher Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) earned the win at the mound to improve her record to 4-0 on the year.
After two scoreless innings, Bryant was able to come up with the first run of the game when sophomore Laura Bowen brought in Kimberly Leonard with a double to left field in the bottom of the third inning. The Bryant defense shut down the Bears again in the fourth, and went on to tally two more runs in the bottom of the inning to gain a 3-0 lead.
But Brown rallied in the fifth and scored four runs in the inning to take the lead and eventually win the game. Both Erika Mueller and Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) started off the inning with walks, and freshman Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) sent a double down the left field line to bring in Bruno's first run. After a pitching change, Strobel stepped up to the plate hit a three-run homer to take a 4-3 edge against the Bulldogs.
The Bears held Bryant scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, and went on to tally another run in the sixth when Rothamel singled to right field to score pinch runner Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) to extend their lead to 5-4. Bryant was able to score one run in the bottom of the sixth to come within one, but Chin shut down the Bryant batters to help the Bears earn the victory.
Thompson led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with a run scored and an RBI, as Strobel had the three-run homer to go 1-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored.
Freshman Liz DiMascio (Braintree, MA) pitched the first 3.2 innings and gave up four hits and three runs before being relieved by Chin. Chin went 3.1 innings allowing just three hits and one run after facing 12 batters.
The Bears are back in action at 3:00 p.m. on March 31 against the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.