Providence, RI- In the final doubleheader at home of the 2012 season, the Brown University softball team earned two victories over the visiting Yale Bulldogs this afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. Brown defeated the Bulldogs 10-1 in six innings in game one, and then followed it up with an 8-2 win in game two.
A big six-run fourth inning helped lead the Bears to their nine-run victory over the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless first inning, Brown picked up two runs in the bottom of the second when Aly Caplan brought in the first run on a sacrifice fly and Kelsey Hom scored when Palms reached first on an error.
Yale cut its deficit to one in the top of the third when Riley Hughes blasted a shot up the middle to bring in Kelsey Warkentine. But in the next inning, the Bears tallied six runs to gain a 8-1 lead over the Bulldogs. A single by Palms scored Williams, and a double by Thompson brought in Palms. Then, Thompson stole home and a double by Trish Melvin tallied the last two runs of the inning.
Freshman pitcher Jessica Cherness continued to shut down the Bulldogs, as Brown tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn the 10-1 victory in six innings.
Cherness improved to 7-11 on the year pitching all six innings for the Bears. She allowed just one run on six hits and struck out four batters.
Chelsey Dunham dropped to 7-14 on the year after giving up six runs in four innings pitched. Alex Lucas came in to pitch one innings and gave up two runs on one hit.
Yale jumped to an early 1-0 lead when Jennifer Ong started off the game with a single to right center, and then a couple batters later made it to home on a wild pitch.
But the Bears scored five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a four-run lead. Freshman Trista Chavez brought in the first two runs of the inning when she singled to the shortstop, and Trish Melvin singled up the middle to bring in Kate Strobel. Then, Aly Caplan reached first on an error by Yale's first baseman to score the next two runs.
Yale cut its deficit to three in the top of the sixth when Sarah Onorato hit a sacrifice fly and to bring in Johnson, who tripled up the middle. But the Bears roared back with three runs in the sixth when Chavez hit a three-rbi homerun over the left field fence.
Freshman Denise van der Goot earned the win on the mound to improve to 3-9. She gave up just two runs on six hits and struck out one batter. Yale's Kristen Leung dropped to 2-8 after giving up six runs on 11 hits.
Palms went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and Chavez helped the offense by going 2-for-4 with two runs and five RBI.
The Bears are back in action in New Haven tomorrow to finish their home-and-home series with the Bulldogs. The doubleheader will begin at 12:30 p.m.