April 14, 2010

Bears Earn Split vs. Providence College Friars

Providence, RI- Senior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) went 3-for-6 from the plate with one homerun and five RBI to help lead the Brown University softball team (14-15, 2-6 Ivy) to a split against the visiting Providence College Friars on Wednesday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. Asay's walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning helped Brown secure an 11-3 victory in game one, but then the Bears fell 4-0 to the feisty Friars in game two.

The Bears got the bats going early, taking a 2-1 lead after the first inning when freshman Aly Caplan (San Mateo, CA) hit a two-RBI double to bring in both Kate Strobel and Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA).

Bruno continued its offense into the second inning when the squad tallied three runs to gain a 5-2 advantage. Junior pitcher Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) started off the inning with a double to left field and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY). It was a Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) single to left field that brought in the first tally of the inning, as the next two runs were scored after PC's pitcher Danielle Bertolette walked both Strobel and Asay.

The Friars were able to bring the score to 5-3 after scoring an unanswered run in the third inning. Jen Abrams tripled to right field and was followed by a Christy Becker double that scored the run.

Brown remained hot and earned two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after Thompson doubled and Strobel homered to left field. Brown's Chin continued to shut down the PC batters and keep them off the scoreboard in the final two innings.

But Brown had its biggest inning of the day when the bases were loaded with two outs for Asay. Asay smoked a walk-off grand slam over the left field fence to take an 11-3 lead and end the game after five innings.

Chin improved to 8-3 on the season with her five-inning victory on the mound. She allowed just nine hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out two PC batters.

However, the Bears weren't as fortunate in game two as the Friars came up with the 4-0 win. It was a pitchers' dual for the first four innings in that both teams were held scoreless. But the Friars were able to rally with two outs in the fifth inning to score the first two runs of the game. Michelle Huber crossed first after a walk, Jen Abrams reached first after a Brown fielding error, and then Christy Becker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Justine Stratton stepped up and hit a two RBI single to put the score at 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Bears were shut down 1-2-3 after two groundouts and a popout to end the inning. Two Brown errors in the top of the sixth inning led to PC scoring two more runs to eventually earn the 4-0 win.

DiMascio pitched 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, four runs (one earned) and walked three. She dropped to 6-9 on the year. Chin came in for relief in the sixth inning, allowing no hits, or runs as she struck out one batter.

Both Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) and Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) batted .500 for the day going 3-for-6 at the plate. Browne tallied one run scored, but Asay had a run scored and five RBI. Thompson also contributed to the Bears' offense today, going 2-for-5, including a double, with three runs scored.

Brown is back in action this weekend, as it travels to Cambridge to take on Harvard on both Saturday and Sunday in doubleheaders beginning at 12:30 p.m.