Providence, RI- The Brown University softball team dropped two games to Dartmouth College (10-15, 3-7 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears fell 6-4 in game one and 11-3 in game two to drop to 6-20 and 3-7 in the league. The two teams will square off again tomorrow with the doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Bears were down by two in the bottom of the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with just one out. But Bruno could not get the base runners home and ended the game with a 6-4 loss.
Four innings went by without a score until Dartmouth put two up on the board after sophomore Britta McOmber hit a double to right center field to bring home sophomore Kara Curosh to take a 1-0 lead. Rhiannon Saucedo, a pinch hitter, smoked a double over Avery Silverstein's head to bring in McOmber to take a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, Dartmouth increased its lead to 3-0 when senior pitcher Hillary Barker hit a homerun over the center field fence. The Bears roared back when freshman Kelsey Hom hit a two-run bomb over the left field fence to cut the Big Green's lead to just one in the bottom of the sixth. Stephanie Thompson then hit a two-run homer to give Brown a 4-3 lead with just one more inning to play.
The Big Green tallied three runs in the top of the seventh to regain a two-run lead, and shut down the Bears in the seventh despite having the bases loaded.
Evan Gray earned the win on the mound for the Big Green after pitching one inning and allowing just one hit and two walks. Hillary Barker earned the save pitching to the final two batters when Brown had its bases loaded.
Thompson led the Bears going 1-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored and Trish Melvin went 1-for-3 with one run scored.
Freshman Jessica Cherness earned the loss on the mound to drop to 5-8 on the year. She pitched all seven innings and gave up five runs on just six hits and struck out six Dartmouth batters.
Dartmouth jumped to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning of play. The Big Green increased it to 4-0 after Barker doubled up the middle to bring home Noelle Ramirez, who had reached on an error.
The Bears came back by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to cut their deficit to just one. Brown's first run scored on a walk, and the next two scored on a Dartmouth error.
Dartmouth's Hillary Barker hit a solo homerun in the top of the fifth to extend Dartmouth's lead to two.
The Big Green then tallied three runs in the sixth starting with an RBI single by Ramirez. The second run crossed the plate after a throwing error and the third came in from a passed ball giving Dartmouth an 8-0 lead.
Dartmouth tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh to earn an eight-run win, 11-3.
Leading the offense was Silverstein, who went 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Kate Strobel went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored
Dartmouth's Hillary Baker earned the win in the circle giving up just one earned run on five hits. She walked four and struck out two in the 27 batters faced. Denise van der Goot earned the loss for Bruno. She gave up five earned runs on 10 hits and struck out seven batters. Sam Brady relieved van der Goot and pitched 1.1 innings for Bruno. She gave up two earned runs on three hits and struck out one.