Softball Splits with Yale

Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team (19-21, 6-12 Ivy) defeated Yale (10-27, 5-13 Ivy) 6-5 in game one of the doubleheader this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex but fell 4-2 in game two. Freshman Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) went 3-for-8 at the plate today with four RBI and two runs scored, while junior Kristie Chin went 1-1 at the mound and batted .600 with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.

The Bears had a solid all-around first game this afternoon as Chin received the win at the mound to improve to 13-4 overall. Both squads were held scoreless for the first three innings, but the Bulldogs were able to get on the scoreboard first when Yale tallied two runs in the top of the fourth.

Brown cut its deficit to one in the bottom of the fourth when Thompson started off the inning with a double to left field. Freshman Aly Caplan (San Mateo, CA) advanced Thompson to third with a sacrifice bunt, and senior Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the run.

The Bears held the Bulldogs scoreless in the fifth and then came up with a huge four-run fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. With one out, both Avery Silverstein, Chin and Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) singled to load the bases for Thompson. Thompson crushed Holly Gutterud's pitch and hit a grandslam to put the Bears on top.

Bruno tacked on another run in the sixth when Chin hit a single to left field to score sophomore Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) to increase Brown's lead to 6-2 heading into the final inning of play.

But the Bulldogs weren't going to back down, as Yale was able to come up with three runs in the top of the seventh to cut its deficit to one. But that was as close as Yale would get, as Chin shut down the final batter to end the game.

Thompson led the offense going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI, and Chin was 3-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI. In seven innings of work, Chin struck out seven Yale batters and allowed just five runs on seven hits. Yale's Gutterud pitched 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits to receive the loss to move to 4-10 on the year. Jackie Mazer finished the game pitching to two batters, both of which she struck out.

In the second game, the Bulldogs darted out to a 2-0 lead after just the first inning of play. With a runner on first, Yale's Meg Johnson stepped up to the plate and blasted a homerun over the centerfield fence to take the lead.

The Bears were able to come within one after scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth, but once again Johnson came up with a clutch homerun to increase Yale's lead to 3-1.

With two outs, Caplan reached first on an error by Yale's third baseman and Asay singled to left field. Then, Andrea Browne crossed first on an error on the first baseman, sending Caplan home to make it 3-2.

However, the hot-hitting Bulldogs came up with another homerun in the top of the seventh, this time by Kelsey Warkentine to gain a 4-2 lead to earn the win.

Chin received the loss at the mound pitching 3.1 innings and allowing three runs on three hits.