April 3, 2011

Bears Snap Cornell’s Seven-Game Win Streak; Earn Split vs. Big Red

Ithaca, NY- The Brown University softball team snapped Cornell's seven-game win streak when it earned a split in a doubleheader this afternoon at Niemand Robison Field. The Bears fell 2-1 in a pitcher's duel in game one, but came back and dominated the Big Red 9-3 in the nightcap. The win improved Brown to 7-10-1 (2-2 Ivy), while Cornell moved to 14-12-1 and 3-1 in the Ivy League.

Cornell's Elizabeth Dalrymple pitched a three-hit complete game to lead the Big Red in game one to receive the win and improve to 8-3 on the year, while senior Kristie Chin earned the loss for the Bears. Chin pitched six innings and gave up just two runs, and struck out three Big Red batters to move to 4-6 on the season.

Cornell scored runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, but the Bears were able to come within one in the top of the sixth when Kate Strobel singled to center field to bring home Stephanie Thompson. But that was as close as the Bears would come, as Cornell shut down the Bears in the final inning to earn the win.

The Bears got the bats rolling early in game two, and scored four runs in the first inning. Leadoff Jen Kries started off the inning with a double down the right field line, and a singly to left field by Thompson brought home Kries. After a Kristi Munoz walk, Strobel then smoked her fourth homerun of the season to left field to score three more runs for the Bears.

Cornell was able to sneak a run by in the second and two in the third, but Chin shut down the Big Red batters the remaining four innings while the Bears continued to build a lead. Brown tallied a run in the fourth when Avery Silverstein hit an RBI single to third base, and two in the fifth when Thompson hit a single to left field to score a run Kries, and Strobel hit an RBI single to right field to cross Thompson to give the Bears a 7-3 lead.

But the Bears continued to build their lead, and tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning. Thompson started off the inning with a double to left enter and Strobel registered her fifth homer of the year to bring in two runs to give the Bears a 9-3 advantage, and eventual win.

Strobel led the Bears offense going 4-for-7 (.571) with seven RBI, two runs scored, and two homeruns.

The Bears are scheduled to host a doubleheader vs. Rhode Island on Tuesday, April 5, starting at 3:00 p.m. and then Bryant at 4:00 p.m. on April 7.