Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team (13-14, 2-6 Ivy) dropped two games to the Cornell University Big Red on Sunday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Big Red cruised to an 8-0 six-inning victory in game one, and then defeated Brown 15-4 in five innings in the second game of the double header. Senior Katie Rothamel had another great day for the Bears, going 4-for-6 at the plate, including a double and a homerun. She also tallied one RBI and one run scored. Also, senior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) batted .500 for the day and went 2-for-4 with two homeruns in the second game of the double header.
Cornell jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and was held scoreless by junior pitcher Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) in the following three. However, Cornell strung together a five-run sixth inning to take an 8-0 lead to eventually earn the win.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, the Big Red got their bats going in the second and scored three runs. With one out, Erica Gaeta hit a homerun to score the first run of the ballgame. Then, Vanessa Leonhard doubled to right field and Erin Keene blasted a two-run homer to take an early 3-0 lead.
Cornell pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple continued to shut down the Bears as she struck out 10 batters and allowed just four hits in the game. Cornell rallied in the sixth inning and tallied five runs to eventually earn the win. With two outs and a runner on base, Alyson Intihar singled to right field to bring in the first run of the inning. Then, a Shannon Crane double to center field tallied Cornell’s second run, and Elise Menaker followed with a single to left center to bring in the third.
Then Kristen Towne hit a homerun to left field to bring in two runners, but unfortunately was then called out and her run did not count as she did not touch home plate.
Chin received the loss and moves to 7-2 on the year. In six innings, Chin gave up eight runs on 15 hits, walked two and struck out two Cornell batters. Dalrymple received the win on the mound, pitching six innings to allow just four hits and two walks, while also striking out 10 Brown batters.
In game two, Cornell gained a 4-0 lead in the first inning of play, but the Bears were able to cut their deficit to three after senior Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) hit a homerun to put the score at 4-1.
Cornell was just too tough as the squad registered another four runs in the top of the fifth inning to put the game out of reach and eventually earn the win, 15-4. Cornell’s Lauren Marx earned the win at the mound allowing just four runs on seven hits while striking out eight Brown batters. Freshman Liz DiMascio was handed the loss for Bruno, pitching 1.2 innings giving up 10 runs on eight hits and walking two. Sophomore Trish Melvin came in for relief pitching the final 3.1 innings. She allowed seven hits, gave up five runs and walked one batter.