DOVER, DELAWARE – The Brown women's softball team (5-7) split a pair of games on the second day of the Sean Savage Epilepsy Awareness Tournament hosted by Delaware State at The Hornets' Nest, the university's softball complex. The Bears fell to the Colgate Raiders (3-15), 3-2, in eight innings in their first contest of the day before earning a 3-1 win over the Hornets (4-16).
"We had two very good contests and pitching performances today," said first year head coach Katie Flynn. "We battled our way back into the game against Colgate and took a tough loss in extra innings. Game two was a resilient, bounce-back win. Aggressive base running and small ball was the difference maker for us. We got them on their heels and created chances."
The Raiders played their way to an early lead over the Bears in the first game of the day, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. After Tara Vaughan walked, Natalie Siedhof hit a home run to left center to earn a 2-0 advantage for Colgate.
After the teams played three scoreless innings, Brown fought back, earning two runs in the top of the fifth. The rally began when sophomore Sam Brady (Vienna, VA) pinch hit for junior Jen Kries (Mission Viejo, CA) and sent a single to right field. Kries returned to the field to run for Brady and stole second before senior co-captain Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) singled to left center, driving her in to bring Brown within one. Freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) reached base on a fielding error, allowing Silverstein to advance to third. A wild pitch gave the Bears the opening they needed, allowing Silverstein to cross the plate and tie the game at two.
The game remained scoreless through the bottom of the eighth, forcing extra innings, and Colgate was able to eke out a win over Brown on a sacrifice fly that brought home Alex Gadiano.
Leung was 2-for-4 against Colgate, while Silverstein had one run, one hit and one RBI in four at-bats. Freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) pitched the full game for the Bears, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out one batter.
After the loss, the Bears quickly bounced back against the host team, Delaware State. In the top of the second inning, senior Aly Caplan (San Mateo, CA) singled to left center and freshman Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, PA) came in to pinch run. Mecca exhibited brilliant baserunning, stealing second and third before scoring on an error to put the Bears up over the Hornets, 1-0.
Both Caplan and senior co-captain Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) scored in the top of the third to extend Brown's lead, as Thompson led off the inning with a double to right center. After advancing to third, Caplan's single through the left side drove her teammate home. Caplan then gave the Bears a 3-0 lead after scoring on a throwing error.
The Hornets responded in the bottom of the inning, as Samantha Gross scored to bring the hosts within two, but that was as close as they would come, giving the Bears the 3-1 victory.
Caplan was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in Brown's second game of the day, while Thompson was 2-for-4 with a run of her own. Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) pitched her second win of the weekend, scattering six hits over six innings and allowing only one run. Ropiak earned the save while giving up just one hit in the inning that she pitched.
Brown returns to the field tomorrow for the final two games of the tournament, taking on the Colgate Raiders at 10:00am and the Lafayette Leopards at 12:30pm.