Softball Swept at Harvard, 6-4 and 5-2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Brown softball team fell in both ends of an Ivy League doubleheader at Harvard, losing 6-4 and 5-2 at Soliders Field on Sunday.

Junior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.) knocked four hits, two for doubles, and went 3-for-4 with two RBI in game one. Freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) batted 2-for-3 with a double and classmate Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) roped a triple in the nightcap.

In the circle, junior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) hurled a combined 6.1 innings of relief, including 4.1 frames of three-hit shutout softball in the opener. Freshman Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) look the loss in game one and rookie Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) was saddled with the setback in game two.

In the opener, Brown fell behind 6-0 after two innings but rallied for four runs between the fifth and sixth before surrendering 6-4. A three-run home run for Katherine Lantz sparked the Harvard surge in the first inning, while two doubles and an error pushed across three unearned in the bottom of the second.

Sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) and Chavez strung together two-out singles in the fifth and freshman Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) rolled an infield single to score Brown's first run. Sophomore Molly Ann Mecca (Jessup, Pa.) then prompted a Crimson error on the infield to bring Chavez home and make it a 6-2 game.

Chavez cracked a two-out, two-run double to right center in the sixth to shrink Harvard's lead to 6-4, but Morgan Groom came on in relief for the Crimson and shut the door for the save.

Much like the first game, Harvard built a 4-0 lead after two innings and held on despite flickers of Brown offense in the late going. Kasey Lange belted a two-run blast in the bottom of the first and Adrienne Hume launched another two-run dinger for a 4-0 advantage after two frames.

Brown broke the shutout in the top of the fourth when Andrews lined a leadoff triple to right field and Leung brought her around with an RBI groundout. Nakashima retired the Crimson in order in the bottom half and Cherness threw up a zero in the fifth, but Emily Gusse crushed Harvard's third homer of the game by way of a leadoff blast in the sixth to put the hosts ahead 5-1.

Chavez kept Brown's hopes alive with a leadoff double to center in the seventh and Schoenewald's base hit moved runners to first and third. A strikeout and popup faced Brown with its final out but Fisher legged out an infield hit to bring in a run. A groundout stranded a pair, however, and the Crimson ran away with a 5-2 win.

The Bears head to Holy Cross on Tuesday for a pair of non-league games. The opener is slated for a 3 p.m. start.