Kingston, RI- The University of Rhode Island Rams (11-18) picked up two wins against the Brown University softball team (12-11) this afternoon at the URI Softball Complex. Rhode Island defeated Brown 4-3 in game one and then picked up a 7-1 victory in game two. Brown's Erika Mueller led the Bears offense going 4-for-5 at the plate while scoring one run.
In game one of the doubleheader, the Rams gained a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Bears were able to even the score after scoring two runs in the top of the second inning.
With two outs and Sandra Mastrangelo on first after a walk, Mueller singled to center field to advance Mastrangelo to second base. After a passed ball, Mastrangelo reached third base and a Katie Rothamel single brought in Brown's first two runs of the game.
Rhode Island then gained a 3-2 advantage when it tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Bears were able to tie the ballgame up at 3-3 with a homerun by senior Amanda Asay. But the Rams were able to score a run in the bottom of the inning to earn the 4-3 victory.
Kristie Chin pitched the first 6.1 innings and gave up 10 hits and four runs. She was relieved by freshman Liz DiMascio, who was handed the loss at the mound.
In game two, the Bears couldn't seem to get their bats going as the squad fell 7-1 to the Rams. Rhody scored two runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third to take a 5-0 lead. But Bruno finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth, when Lauren Kattchee hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Andrea Browne. The Rams tallied two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase their lead to 7-1 and eventually win the game.
DiMascio received the loss on the mound to move her record to 6-7 on the year. She pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three hits, gave up five runs and walked two. Sophomore Trish Melvin started at the mound and pitched 3.2 innings. She gave up three hits, two runs and walked eight.
The Bears will host Princeton on Friday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m., and then Cornell at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.