TOWSON, MARYLAND - The Brown softball team (2-6) earned a split during the second day of the Towson Classic, dropping its first game to Towson (9-10-1) by a score of 9-1, before picking up a 3-1 victory over Lafayette (2-5) in the afternoon.
Brown's game with Towson lasted only five innings, as the home team opened up an early lead when Caitie Barber homered for the Tigers in the second inning. Towson then added another four runs to its tally on four hits in the bottom of the third.
The Bears pushed back however, picking up a run in the fourth inning when senior Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) hit a solo homerun to right field. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for the Bears, as the Tigers extended their lead by another four runs in the fifth inning on three hits, including a two-run homerun from Courtney Johnson, and one error.
Thompson went 2-for-2 against Towson, with a double and a homerun. Sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) and junior Jen Kries (Mission Viejo, CA) each singled for the Bears. Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) received the loss for the Bears, pitching 2.1 innings and giving up five runs on six hits and one walk, despite striking out five batters. Sophomore Sam Brady (Vienna, VA) relieved Cherness on the mound in the bottom of the third inning.
After a tough morning game, Brown bounced back to defeat Lafayette 3-1 in the afternoon. The Bears scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the second. Freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) started the rally with a double down the left field line. Senior Aly Caplan (San Mateo, CA) then singled to center field to bring in Ropiak. Freshman Alex Scott (Santa Cruz, CA) got on base through a fielding error, and freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) followed with a double to left center to score another run. Senior Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) singled to left field to bring in Scott and give Brown a 3-0 advantage.
Ropiak (2-3) had another impressive outing for the Bears, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double that started the rally and receiving her second win of the season. She pitched six scoreless innings before giving up one run in the seventh. Ropiak gave up five hits, struck out one batter, and walked none.
Leung, Silverstein, and Caplan all posted one hit and an RBI for the Bears. Kries tallied her second hit of the day and walked once.
The Brown softball team will play their final game of the Towson Classic tomorrow, March 10th, at 10:30 am against Morgan State.