Nakashima Hurls Softball to Split with Dartmouth

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) tossed a combined 11.0 innings without allowing an earned run, helping the Brown softball team claim a 3-1 win over Dartmouth after falling 6-2 in the opener in Ivy League action on Sunday. The Bears pick up their first win in Ancient Eight play while handing the league-leading Big Green its first Ivy League loss of the season.

Nakashima threw 4.0 innings of shutout relief in the opener and followed with a complete-game victory in the nightcap, surrendering just one unearned run on four hits with two strikeouts. The rookie also delivered an RBI single to cap Brown's three-run fifth inning rally.

Freshman Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) launched the game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning of game two, while senior Danielle Palms (Smithfield, R.I.) went 2-for-2 and drove in the winning run with a two-out base hit to center in the fifth.

For Dartmouth, Chloe Madill smacked a fourth-inning grand slam to propel the Big Green to the 6-2 win in the opener and pitcher Kristen Rumley tossed a complete game, scattering five hits and striking out 11 batters. Morgan McCalmon took the loss in the second contest, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits.

The Big Green scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first against junior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.), who went 3.0 innings for the Bears in the setback. Cherness stumped Dartmouth in the second but surrendered a run on a McCalmon double and Kelsey Miller's single as the visitors took a 2-0 lead. Brown tied things up in the home half when freshman Casey Fisher (Oro Valley, Ariz.) flared a double down the leftfield line and sophomore Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) picked up the two-out hit with a single to right, scoring a pair.

Dartmouth delivered the big blow in the fourth as two walks and an infield single loaded the bases for Madill, who crushed a grand slam to center for a 6-2 lead. Nakashima came on in relief and retired all but two batters she faced, but the Bears managed just two hits the rest of the way and the Big Green took game one.

The nightcap proved to be a pitcher's duel through four innings as McCalmon faced the minimum thanks to a third-inning double play and Nakashima stranded three singles. Dartmouth got on the board first, cashing in on a one-out fielding error in the fifth and using a two-out single to bring home an unearned run.

With Brown down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Andrews turned around a 3-2 pitch and sent it over the left centerfield wall to tie the game at 1-1. Senior Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.) reached on an infield miscue and stole second with two away, setting the stage for Palms to poke a single to center. Williams was waved around third and dove for the back corner of the plate to avoid the tag, giving Brown a 2-1 lead. Rumley came on in relief for Dartmouth, only to send Palms to third with a wild pitch and get tagged by Nakashima with an RBI single to right for a 3-1 Brown advantage.

Nakashima worked around a leadoff hit-by-pitch in the sixth and a two-out walk in the seventh, coaxing a lazy fly ball to center to get the Bears back in the win column.

Brown heads across town for a single non-league game at Providence College on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.