Bears Earn Sweep over Penn with 9-4 & 9-7 Victories
Providence, RI- Sophomore Alyssa Caplan went 6-for-7 from the plate with six RBI, a double and two runs scored, to help lead the Brown University softball team to a sweep over the visiting Penn Quakers this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears defeated the Quakers 9-4 in game one and followed it up with a 9-7 victory in the nightcap to improve to 10-12-1 overall and 5-3 in the Ivy League. The losses dropped Penn to 10-16 on the season and 2-6 in the Ancient Eight.
The Bears scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Caplan hit an RBI single to bring home freshman second baseman Jen Kries. Then, the Bears tacked on three more runs in the second when center fielder Kelsey Williams doubled down the right field line to score shortstop Danielle Palms, and after an illegal pitch, Kristin Watterlond crossed the plate to score for the Bears. The third run of the inning came when Kries singled to score Williams to put Bruno ahead 4-0.
The Quakers were able to notch a run in the top of the third after an illegal pitch, but the Bears bounced back with two of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
Junior first baseman Kate Strobel started off the third inning with a walk, and catcher Kristi Munoz followed with a double down the left field line. Then, Palms doubled to center field to score both runners to give the Bears a five-run lead.
Penn answered with a three-run fourth inning, but Bruno scored three runs in the sixth, which included a two RBI double to center field by Strobel to earn the Bears a 9-4 win.
Kristie Chin received the win on the mound pitching all seven innings for the Bears. She gave up just four runs on seven hits, struck out four batters and walked two to improve to 7-7 on the year. Penn's Mikenzie Voves moves to 6-6 on the season after pitching 1.1 innings and giving up four runs on four hits.
The Bears combined for 13 hits as a team, as Caplan led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance with two RBI and a run scored. Also, Palms and Williams were 2-for-3 at the plate, while Plans had two RBI and one run scored, and Williams had one RBI and two run scored.
The Bears continued to roll in game two this afternoon as the Brown bats remained hot. Brown's Caplan blasted a two-RBI single to left field bringing home both Thompson and Kries, and Caplan came home on a single to center field by Palms to take a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Williams scored in the bottom of the second inning on an illegal pitch to give the Bears a 4-0 lead, and a single by Caplan crossed Chin to take a five-run lead. Brown quickly made it 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Strobel led off the inning with a homerun over the centerfield fence.
The Quakers tallied a run in the fourth to cut their deficit to five, but Bruno pushed its lead up to eight after a three-run fourth inning to gain a 9-1 lead heading into the final three innings. Penn gave Brown quite a scare and made quite the comeback, scoring three runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh, including a two-run homer, two cut the deficit to two, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit.
Chin earned her second win pitching four innings in game two. She gave up six runs on seven hits, and struck out three to improve to 8-7 on the season. Caplan led the offense going 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored, followed by Thompson and Strobel going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. The Bears tallied 13 hits as a team.
Mikenzie Voves was handed the loss on the mound after pitching two innings and giving up six runs on six hits to drop to 6-7 on the year.
Photo of Alyssa Caplan '13 by dspics.net