March 9, 2014

Softball Bested by St. Mary’s, LMU to Wrap Up West Coast Weekend

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Freshman Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) continued to swing a hot bat with a double and a home run, but the Brown softball team surrendered to St. Mary's, 5-3, and Loyola Marymount, 8-0 in six innings, to cap six games in three days at Smith Field. Brown moves to 2-9 overall while the Gaels improve to 11-12 and the Lions are 13-8.

Freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) compiled a 3-7 day to accompany Andrews' solid hitting, while rookie catcher Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) went 2-3 in the opener. Junior pitcher Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) took the loss in 4.1 innings with two strikeouts in game one and freshman Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) was saddled with the setback over 1.2 innings against LMU.

St. Mary's took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an Andrea Hazel double and Katelyn Mamizuka's RBI infield hit but Andrews belted a two-run shot to left for her second homer of the season that tied the game in the top of the fourth.

Schoenewald looked to set the table in the fifth, lacing a single up the middle and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.). Fisher whiffed for strike three but a wild pitch negated the K and put runners on first and second, but strong throw to second caught Fisher stealing and a groundout snuffed the threat.

The Gaels opened up a three-run lead on a Mamizuka double to left and Loralie Fitzpatrick's two-run single to center in the fifth, putting the pressure on Brown to answer in the last two frames. The Bears went quietly in the sixth minus a double to center by senior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.), and a lone run in the seventh left Brown just short of the rally. Schoenewald roped her second single of the game and a fielder's choice shifted sophomore pinch runner Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, Pa.) to second with two away. Mecca raced to third on a passed ball and scored when Fisher reached on an infield error, but St. Mary's held on as a groundout ended the game.

The Lions raced out to a 7-0 lead over the first two innings of the nightcap and never looked back, taking advantage of five Brown errors and riding the arm of ace Sydney Gouveia to her third victory over the Bears in as many days. Gouveia struck out nine over 4.0 innings and allowed only a double to Andrews and a single to Fisher.

Meghan Harman cracked a two-run homer to center that put LMU ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first and five runs on a hit and two errors in the second left the Bears in a seven-run hole after two frames. Fisher singled through the left side in the third and beat out a bunt single in the sixth, but Nicole Kaiser's RBI base hit in the sixth sealed LMU's 8-0 victory.

Brown continues non-league play on Friday when the Bears head to George Washington University for a four-game set. The weekend kicks off against St. Francis (Pa.) at 9:30 a.m. and Manhattan at 11:45 a.m.