ITHACA, NEW YORK – The Brown softball team (6-12, 0-4 Ivy League) played the second game in its league series with Cornell (12-14, 2-2 Ivy League) this morning, falling to the Big Red by a score of 9-6 on Niemand Robison Field.
Brown registered three hits in the top of the first inning, but it was Cornell who ended the stanza with a lead, as the Big Red crossed the plate seven times to earn a 7-0 advantage over the Bears. With freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) on the mound for the visitors, hits by the first three batters in the order allowed the home team to load the bases before Christina Villalon came to the plate. The junior sent a home run to left field to drive in four runs. Cornell didn't stop there however, as Jenny Edwards, the next batter to the plate, recorded a double to center field before Erin Belles notched the second home run of the inning to drive them both in. Finally, to further pad the Big Red's lead, Lauren Bucolo scored when Michiko McGivney sent a single down the middle.
After a scoreless second in which sophomore Sam Brady (Vienna, VA) came in to relieve Ropiak, the Bears earned their way onto the board at the top of the third. After sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) doubled down the left field line, Brady singled to center field to bring her home and narrow the score to 7-1.
Cornell eventually responded, scoring its final two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth when a double by Leanne Iannucci allowed both Villalon and Meg Parker to cross the plate.
Junior Kristin Watterlond (East Granby, CT) scored for the Bears at the top of the fifth after Brady singled up the middle, and then Brown added four more runs in the top of the sixth to bring themselves to within three of Cornell. The first tally was scored when sophomore Kelsey Hom (Santa Monica, CA) reached base on a fielder's choice, bringing freshman Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, PA) across the plate. Chavez came up to bat next with two runners on base, driving both senior co-captain Avery Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) and Hom in with her home run to left field.
While their offensive explosion in the sixth was impressive, the Bears were scoreless in the seventh, ending the game just three runs shy of the Big Red.
Chavez was dynamic in Brown's lineup, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Brady was also impressive, batting 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and turning in a solid performance on the mound. The sophomore pitched five innings in relief, allowing only two hits and two runs while striking out one batter.
The Bears will play a midweek game against the Bryant Bulldogs this week, heading to Smithfield, Rhode Island on Thursday, April 4th for the 4:00pm contest.