NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Annie McGregor went 4-for-7 with three doubles and four RBIs over two games as Brown University softball beat Yale, 5-3, in game one and fell to the hosts, 7-6, in game two in a doubleheader at DeWitt Family Field on Friday afternoon.
In a pair of games between Ivy League North Division rivals, the Bears (12-20, 6-12 Ivy) almost pulled off a sweep of the Bulldogs (10-22, 4-13 Ivy) before Yale rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap for the win.
McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) paced the Bears in game one, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs while junior Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) led Brown at the plate in game two, notching a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles and an RBI.
Freshman pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) picked up her eighth win of the season in the first game, tossing a complete-game seven innings and allowing three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Next, Brown closes the regular season with a Senior Day doubleheader against Yale in Providence tomorrow beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1 – Brown 5, Yale 3
McGregor went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a run scored to lead Brown past Yale, 5-3, in game one.
Orona (8-8) threw a complete game – her 13th of the season – and struck out three while allowing three runs, all earned, on nine hits in the win.
Sophomore Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) posted a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with a double, RBI, and two runs scored, and freshman Yeram Park (Arcadia, Calif.) finished 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. First-year Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) tallied the Bears' final RBI of the game.
The Bears opened up the scoring in the top of the second as Syrop hit a double to left center to score Park who led off the inning with a walk and stole second. Syrop later scored on an error to give Brown a 2-0 lead after McGregor moved her to third with a single.
Yale scored once in the bottom of the second on a double from Laina Do and added another run in the last of the third on a single from Sarah Onorato to tie the game at 2-2.
Brown answered with three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-2 advantage. Park and Syrop started the inning with a double and single respectively to put runners on second and third. McGregor then drove them both home with a two-run double to left field. Metzger followed two batters later with an RBI single to plate McGregor.
Yale scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Brittany Labbadia to pull within 5-3, but Orona blanked the hosts over the last three innings, working out of jams in the bottom of the fifth and seventh and inducing a double play in the sixth.
Kylie Williamson (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs, hurling three innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits. Francesca Casalino pitched four innings in relief and did not allow a run on two hits with four strikeouts.
Game 2 – Yale 7, Brown 6
Leung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored, but Yale rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-6 decision from Brown in game two.
Senior Trista Chavez (San Pedro, Calif.) drove in two runs, scored one, and worked two walks while McGregor also drove in a pair with a double. Sophomore Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.) registered a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with two runs scored.
Senior Jessica Cherness (Torrance, Calif.) tossed six innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts in the no decision.
The Bears opened up the game's scoring in the top of the third, striking for five runs on six hits. Metzger led off the inning with a double to right field, and sophomore Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) followed with a single to center.
Leung then knocked a double down the right field line to score Metzger. After Hanna reached on a bunt single, Chavez hit a two-run single to center, scoring Leung and Nakashima. McGregor closed the frame's scoring with a two-run, two-out double to center to drive home Chavez and Hanna.
Yale cut into the visitors' lead with two runs in the last of the third as Rachel Paris forced home a run with a walk, and Hannah Brennan brought one home with a ground out. The Bulldogs pulled within 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth on an Allison Skinner sacrifice fly.
Park pushed Brown's advantage to 6-3 in the top of the fifth with an RBI single to left field after Hanna led off the inning with a single to center, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs countered with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a Do sacrifice fly in foul territory, but Cherness held the hosts to just one unearned run in the inning despite Yale's loading of the bases with one out.
Yale won the game in the last of the seventh as Brennan led off with a double to left field. Camille Weisenbach then hit a two-run home run to right field to tie the game at 6-6. Skinner brought home the winning run with a single to left field.
Casalino (6-9) gained the win, pitching three innings in relief and permitting no runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Nakashima (1-6) took the loss, throwing one third of an inning in relief.