PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Grayson Metzger hit her third home run of the season, but Brown University softball fell to crosstown rival Providence College, 10-2, in six innings at the Brown Softball Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) launched a solo shot to right field for the Bears (10-16) in the bottom of the third, but the visiting Friars (9-18) scored three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to gain the run rule win.
For Providence, Nadia Kemp hit three home runs and tallied six RBIs and three runs scored. Brittney Veler drove in a pair of runs and Paige Mulry scored a pair.
PC starter Taylor Huntly (7-7) pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with one strikeout.
Freshman Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) took the loss (6-7), tossing 2.2 innings with two strikeouts in the start. Sophomore Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) and senior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) combined for 3.1 innings of relief.
The Friars grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, which included a leadoff homer from Kemp. Brown pulled within 2-1 in the last half of the frame as Syrop laced a single into right to plate Park from first.
After Providence went ahead 6-1 on a pair of two-run home runs from Kemp and Veler in the top of the third, Metzger brought Brown within 6-2 on her homer to right to lead off the last of the third.
Providence extended its advantage to 9-2 in the top of the fifth as Kemp knocked a three-run homer down the left field line. The Friars tacked on another run in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Kristie Dederick after turning a triple play in the bottom of the fifth.
Next, Brown plays a four-game Ivy League series at Dartmouth from Saturday to Sunday beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m.