Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against Harvard, 8-0 and 9-0, this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The losses dropped the Bears to 10-14-1 overall and 5-5 in the Ivy League, while the Crimson improved to 24-13 on the year and 8-2 in the league.
The Crimson put seven runs on the board in the third inning and tacked on another in the sixth to earn an 8-0 win in game one this afternoon. In six innings of work, Harvard junior pitcher Rachel Brown allowed the Bears to just one hit, to Brown's center fielder Kelsey Williams.
In the third, freshman Kasey Lange brought in the Crimson's first two runs after a two RBI single to center field, and junior Whitney Shaw brought home two more runs with a single to left field to give Harvard a 4-0 advantage. Then, a double by Allison Scott scored Harvard's fifth run of the inning, and a double by Mari Zumbro crossed the next two Harvard runners to put the Crimson ahead 7-0.
Senior pitcher Kristie Chin shut down Harvard the next inning, but Trish Melvin came in for relief the next and allowed one run in the sixth and final inning. Sophomore Stephanie Regan grounded out to Brown's shortstop Danielle Palms, but was able to score freshman Shelbi Olson.
Chin gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work today. She struck out one batter and walked two. Melvin allowed one run on two hits in two innings and struck out one. Harvard's Brown struck out 11 Brown batters and walked three in six innings.
Harvard kept the bats rolling in game two and gained a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Casey Lange hit an RBI single to center field. In the third inning, Ellen Macadam crossed home on a passed ball after getting on base on a triple to center field, and Regan scored the second run of the inning when Lange sent a single to right field. Brown's Chin then came in for relief over Melvin at the mound, but Allison Scott smoked a double to center field to score Harvard's third run of the inning to take a 4-0 advantage.
Junior Jane Alexander started off the sixth inning with a homerun over the right field fence, and Regan doubled to left field to bring home Macadam who got on from a double to center field. Next, Lange sent a double to center field to score Regan to score the third run of the inning, and Scott singled to left field to cross pinch runner Kassy Shiotani. Harvard shut down the Bears in the bottom of the sixth to end the game in Harvard's favor, 9-0.
Harvard's Laura Ricciardone received the win in the circle allowing just four hits in six innings of work. Trish Melvin received the loss on the mound for the Bears to move to 2-5 on the year. She pitched two innings and allowed four runs on six hits and struck out one batter.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow, weather-permitting, against Harvard. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Check brownbears.com for updates.
Photo of Danielle Palms by dspics.net