DOVER, DELAWARE – The Brown women's softball team (4-6) continued its winning streak today, grabbing a 5-1 victory over the Lafayette Leopards in the first game of the Sean Savage Epilepsy Awareness Tournament hosted by Delaware State at The Hornets' Nest, the university's softball complex.
"I am proud of our focus and patience today through a weather protest and delay," said first year head coach Katie Flynn. "Jess threw well given the circumstances. We have worked hard in the cages and it is showing with the bats stepping up. We were able to move runners and steal bases."
The Bears took an early lead in the game, led by senior co-captains Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge,CT) and Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA). Batting at the top of the order, Silverstein singled to third, stole second and then advanced to third on a ground out by freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario). The Leopards intentionally walked Thompson, who was also able to steal second, and then sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) doubled down the left field line to bring both players in and put Brown up, 2-0.
Further asserting the strength of their batting, the Bears extended their lead in the second inning on runs by junior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, IN) and Silverstein. After both players advanced on fielder's choice plays, Leung hit a triple to right center, driving them in and giving Brown a 4-0 advantage over Lafayette.
The teams then played through three scoreless innings, but the Bears were able to build a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as Silverstein capped her impressive outing with another run. After reaching base on a fielding error, the senior was able to steal second, and then a single up the middle by Leung gave her enough time to round the bases and score.
The Leopards were able to get one back in the bottom of the sixth, as Melissa Robinson scored, but it wasn't enough to overcome the strength of the Bears' batting, and Brown took the 5-1 victory after a scoreless seventh inning.
Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) earned her second win of the season today, lifting her record to 2-3. She pitched all seven innings for the Bears, allowing just four hits and one run while also striking out five batters.
On the offensive side, Leung, who drove in three RBIs, and freshman Jamie Pospishil (Wayne, NJ) were both 2-for-4. Silverstein tallied three runs and two stolen bases, while Chavez was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Williams was also 1-for-3, scoring one run and stealing two bases.
Brown returns to the field tomorrow for two more tournament games, taking on the Colgate Raiders at 10:00am and the Delaware State Hornets at 4:30pm.