El Paso, Texas- The Brown University softball team dropped a 10-2 game to Valparaiso and fell 25-7 to UTEP at Helen of Troy Field this afternoon in the second day of the UTEP Invitational.
Valpo scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but the Bears came right back to score two of their own when sophomore Kelsey Williams hit a double to right center to bring home both Alyssa Caplan and Kate Strobel to even the score at 2-2 in the top of the second.
The Crusaders tallied a run in the bottom of the frame after a passed ball, and then had a six-run outburst in the third to gain a 9-2 lead over the Bears. Jordan Rutkowski doubled down the left field line to bring in two runs, and Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the third. Then, Rutkowski scored on a passed ball, and Kelsey Phalen scored on a sacrifice fly. Valpo's sixth run of the inning scored on another passed ball.
Valpo tacked on an insurance run in the fourth inning and earned the eight-run game in five innings.
Williams went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI to lead Brown's offense. Sam Brady received the loss at the plate for the Bears. In 2.1 innings she gave up six earned runs on seven hits and walked one batter.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, UTEP had a 15-run second inning that put the game out of reach for the Bears. Camilla Carrera highlighted the inning with a three-run hit to center field and a bases clearing double. The senior drove in six runs in the inning becoming one of four players to drive in six RBIs in a game in school history. Colleen Hohman hit one out of the park after Carrera for back-to-back homers.
The Bears made a small comeback in the bottom of the inning scoring four runs. Sophomore Kelsey Williams doubled to left field to bring in Trista Chavez, who singled up the middle. Then, Danielle Palms singled down the right field line to score both Alyssa Caplan and Kelsey Williams.
UTEP added on two more runs in the top of the third when both Eastman and Wade hit RBI singles to put the score at 17-4 heading into the bottom of the third. The Bears were able to score a run to make it 17-5, but the Miners tacked on five more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the game in five innings, 25-7.
Kelsey Hom went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI, while Danielle Palms went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Jessica Cherness earned the loss on the mound giving up nine earned runs on nine hits and walking two batters in 1.2 innings. Also seeing action was Denise van der Goot, who pitched two innings and gave up eight earned runs, and Sam Brady who pitched 1.1 innings and gave up three earned runs.