Hampton, VA- Sophomore third baseman Stephanie Thompson went 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored and two RBI to help lead the Brown softball team to a 3-2 victory over host Hampton this afternoon to earn its first win of the 2011 season. However, the Bears couldn't make it two, falling to Marist 9-2 in five innings (due to darkness) in the second game of the day.
Against the Lady Pirates, Brown had a hot start at the plate as freshman Jen Kries led off with a walk, and advanced to second on a ground out to second base. Then, Thompson smoked a shot up the idle for a double to score Kries, and give the Bears a 1-0 edge with just one out. The Bears went on to score its second run of the inning after freshman Kristie Munoz knocked a single up the middle to bring home Thompson. Bruno's early rally ended with a double-play, sending the Bears out to the field.
The Bears, along with senior pitcher Kristie Chin, shut down Hampton for the next three innings, before Thompson started hit a solo homerun over the left field fence to extend Brown's lead to 3-0 after the top of the third.
Three more scoreless innings for the Lady Pirates followed, but the squad rallied in the bottom of the seventh to give Brown a scare. Sophomore outfielder Nina Ferguson hit a double to left field to bring home two runners, but the run ended with a pop up to Thompson on third base for the third out.
Chin earned her first win at the mound pitching all seven innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out seven batters. The Bears tallied just four hits during the game, as Thompson accounted for two and rookie Kristi Munoz and Kelsey Williams added the others.
Brown couldn't get the offense rolling early enough in game two, as Marist jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and increased its lead to 5-0 after the third. The Red Foxes remained hot and notched four more runs in the fifth, as pitcher Emily Osterhaus allowed the Bears to just three hits. The Bears were able to
Freshman Maegan Sloggett started a fifth-inning rally for the Bears with a single to second base, and pinch hitter Kristen Watterlond singled to shortstop. Then, freshman Nina Melvin stepped in to pinch hit and made it to first on an error to load the bases. With one out, Erica Kahn pinch hit and reached on a throwing error by a Marist throwing error to advance two runners home. But that was as close as Brown would get, as Osterhaus retired the last two Brown batters to earn a 9-2, five-inning win.
The Bears tallied five hits against the Red Foxes, as Sloggett led the offense going 2-for-2 at the plate with one run scored. Also earning hits for the Bears was Watterlond, Thopson and Alyssa Caplan.
Junior Trish Melvin received the loss on the mound, as she walked one batter, and struck out three in three innings. Sloggett came in for relief and gave up four runs on three hits, walked three batters and struck out one in the final two innings.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow, when they challenge Rutgers at 10:00 a.m., followed by Central Connecticut at 4:00 p.m.