Baltimore, MD- The Robert Morris softball team defeated the Bears, 4-2, in the first game of the UMBC Spring Classic at the UMBC Softball Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday afternoon. The win improved Robert Morris to 9-11 on the year, while Brown dropped to 1-5.
Brown tallied five hits, as freshman Kelsey Hom (Santa Monica, CA) and junior Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) led the offense going 1-for-3 with one run scored. Thompson added an RBI, while junior Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) went 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After two scoreless innings, the Colonials put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Sarah Capp hit an RBI single through the left side to score Jessica Calderone, who reached first on an error.
The Bears tallied two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead when Thompson hit an RBI single up the middle to bring in Hom, and a Strobel double crossed Thompson.
Robert Morris regained the lead in the top of the fifth scoring two runs when Allie Patton blasted a triple to right center to bring home Jaci Timko and Katrina Gallagher to put the score at 3-2. The Colonials tacked on one more run in the sixth to increase their lead to 4-2 and earned the win.
Geena Badolato earned the win at the mound for Robert Morris. She allowed just two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Freshman Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) dropped to 1-2 on the year after giving up three earned runs on 10 hits.
The Bears will now play against Coppin State at 3 p.m. Tomorrow, Brown will challenge Mount St. Mary's (11:25 a.m.) and UMBC (1:35 p.m.) to end the tournament.