PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown softball team (8-25, 2-14 Ivy League) split a pair of games with Harvard (21-18, 11-5 Ivy League) today on the softball field in the Erickson Athletic Complex, falling 6-2 in the first game of the afternoon before earning a 5-4 win in the second contest.
The Bears took an early lead over the Crimson in the opening game, grabbing a two-run advantage in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Emma Blake (Jefferson Township, PA) started things off with a walk, advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Danielle Palms (Smithfield, RI) and a single by freshman Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario). Two consecutive walks by senior co-captain Stephanie Thompson (Chino, CA) and sophomore Trista Chavez (San Pedro, CA) gave Brown its first run of the afternoon. The Bears didn't stop there however, as a single up the middle by freshman Sarah Ropiak (Acton, MA) brought Thompson home for the 2-0 lead.
The Crimson answered right back however, scoring four runs in the top of the fourth on a single by Katherine Appelbe and two-run homerun by Haley Davis. The game remained close, but Harvard secured the 6-2 win in top of the seventh on a triple by Galindo and a single by Lange.
Ropiak recieved the loss for the Bears, allowing six runs and 10 hits in seven innings pitched. She also struck out three batters, while going 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
Harvard took a 3-0 lead over Brown after three innings in the afternoon's second game, but the Bears began to rally in the bottom of the fourth, narrowing the score when Leung scored on a walk by freshman Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, PA) walk. After two scoreless innings, the Crimson added another run to their total in the top of the seventh, giving them a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the final inning.
Brown exploded offensively in the bottom of the seventh however, scoring four runs to take the 5-4 win over Harvard. Freshman Jamie Pospishil (Wayne, NJ) earned the first run for the Bears, scoring on an error by the Crimson's second baseman. Two consecutive walks by Thompson and Chavez brought in a run each to tie the game, and then a wild pitch gave Palms the opening she needed, allowing her to score for the win.
Sophomore Jessica Cherness (Torrance, CA) earned the win for Brown, pitching seven innings during which she allowed four runs and six hits while striking out three batters.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 24th when they welcome the Bryant Bulldogs to Brown for a 4:00pm contest.