Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team traveled across town for a doubleheader against Providence College this afternoon at Glay Field. The Friars earned two victories against the Bears today, the first 10-2 and the second 10-3, improving to 10-15 on the year while the Bears fall to 5-8-1. Avery Silverstein led the offense going 3-for-5 from the plate with a double and two RBI, while sophomore Stephanie Thompson went 3-of-7 with two homeruns.
In game one, Providence was able to score four runs in the bottom of the first after Bryant hit a grand slam with no outs to bring home Justine Stratton, Michelle Huber and Jen Abrams. The Friars then notched another run in the second inning when Abrams knocked out a ball over the left field fence to put Providence ahead 5-0 heading into the third inning.
With one out, Thompson cranked out over left center field to earn her seventh homerun of the season to cut the Bears' deficit to four, but the Friars bounced right back with a three-run fourth inning to gain a 8-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Thompson stepped up to the plate with two outs and rallied with a homerun to center field for her eighth of the year. Junior Kate Strobel reached on an error by short stop, junior Sandra Mastrangelo singled to center field and sophomore Alyssa Caplan walked to load the bases, however, freshman Danielle Palms lined out to center field to end the run. The Friars' Corinne Rubright put an end to the game in the bottom of the fifth after Rubright hit-run homerun to centerfield to end the game 10-2.
Senior Kristie Chin received the loss on the mound to move to 4-3 on the year. She pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 10 runs on nine hits, walked four and struck out three Friar batters. Alicia Grosso earned the win improving to 6-8 on the year. She pitched all five innings allowing just two runs on six hits. She walked four and struck out four.
In game two, Providence tallied a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Bears answered back with a big three-run second inning to earn its first lead of the day over the Friars, 3-1.
With the bases loaded, Lauren Katchee was hit by a pitch, which brought home Munoz had also been hit by a pitch. Then, Avery Silverstein smoked a double down the left field line to bring home Kelsey Williams and Kristin Watterlond. Providence, however, was able to come back within one after Stephanie Kiesel hit an RBI single to score Mackenzie Morgan.
But the Friars rolled from t here and went off to score four runs in the four and two runs in both the fifth and sixth to earn a 10-3 win.
Trish Melvin was handed the loss for the Bears at the mound to move to 1-3 on the year. She pitched six innings and gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on 13 hits, walked six on and struck out three. Corinne Clauss pitched for Providence and improved to 4-7 with the win. She allowed just three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out nine batters.
The Bears will now begin Ivy League competition on Friday, April 1 in doubleheader at Princeton starting at 2:00 p.m., followed by a doubleheader at Cornell on Saturday, April 2.