April 12, 2014

Softball Dropped at Harvard, 4-1 and 4-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) rapped three hits with a double but the Brown softball team endured a pair of losses to Harvard, 4-1 and 4-0, in Ivy League action at Soldiers Field on Saturday.

Leung led the Bears' hitters, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the opener, while junior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.) batted 2-for-3 with a two-bagger in the nightcap. Freshman pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) went the distance in game one and allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits, while rookie Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) threw 5.0 innings and surrendered four runs (three earned) in the game two setback.

The Bears fell behind 4-0 after two innings in game one as the Crimson rattled off three runs on five singles in the first and another run on a fielder's choice in the second. Sophomore Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, Pa.) broke up Brown's offensive drought with a leadoff infield single in the top of the fifth but was caught stealing to end the inning. The Bears then spoiled the shutout in the sixth as Leung roped an RBI double to right center with one out. Nakashima kept the Crimson bats quiet the rest of the way but Brown went down in order in the seventh, ending game one by a score of 4-1.

Chavez blooped a double in the top of the first but was stranded as game two saw a scoreless contest until the bottom of the third when Harvard pushed three across on four hits, including a two-run, two-out triple. Freshman Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) tried to get a two-out rally going for Brown in the fourth with a double to center but a flyout ended the threat.

The Crimson took advantage of an outfield error in the fifth, leading to an infield single that plated an unearned run and put Harvard ahead 4-0. Chavez knocked a one-out single in the sixth but the Bears could not answer in either of the final two innings, securing the shutout for Crimson pitcher Taylor Cabe, who tossed seven innings with 10 strikeouts.

The two sides are slated for an Ivy League doubleheader rematch tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.