BALTIMORE, Md. – Brown University softball staked itself to an early lead en route to a 5-1 win over UMBC in game two after falling, 5-3, in game one in a doubleheader split at UMBC Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bears (11-8) scored all five of their runs in the top of the first in game two to defeat the host Retrievers (16-17) and nearly came back to top the hosts in game won with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth.
Between the two games, junior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 4-for-6 with three RBIs, a double, and a run while classmate Julia Schoenewald recorded a 3-7 effort with two RBIs, two runs, and a double. Senior Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) hit her first home run of the season in game one.
Junior pitcher Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) did not allow an earned run in a complete game in the game two win.
Next, Brown opens Ivy League play at Penn on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. The Bears then play at Columbia on Saturday for a twin bill starting at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1: UMBC 5, Brown 3
Leung hit a home run, and Brown rallied to within 4-3 in the top of the fifth, but UMBC held on for a 5-3 win in game one.
Schoenewald and fellow junior Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) each went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Andrews finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In the circle, sophomore Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) pitched a complete-game 6.0 innings, allowing five runs, two earned, on 10 hits with five strikeouts in the loss (5-4).
UMBC pitcher Jessica Holte (8-6) tossed 7.0 innings, permitting three runs, two earned, on 10 hits with three strikeouts. At the plate, Kaelin Jackson went 3-for-3 with two runs, and Tori Alexander notched a 2-for-4 effort with two RBIs.
The Retrievers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Alexander drove a two-run double to left center.
The Bears responded in the top of the third as Leung launched her first home run of the season and the third of her career over the fence in center field to make the score 2-1. UMBC pulled ahead 4-1 in the last of the third with a pair of unearned runs.
Brown rallied with two runs in the top of the fifth with two outs as Schoenewald and Syrop set the table with singles. Andrews then plated a run with an infield single, and freshman Annie Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) brought home another run with a single to left.
UMBC added an insurance run in the home half of the fifth as Danielle O'Neill singled and a run came home on a throwing error.
Game 2: Brown 5, UMBC 1
Schoenewald and Andrews each hit two-run doubles in the top of the first to power Brown to a 5-1 win over UMBC in game two to earn a split in the twin bill.
Andrews finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs a double, and a run scored while Leung and freshman Ashli Lotz (Austin, Texas) each went 2-for-4 with a run. Leung added a double, and Schoenewald compiled her two RBIs.
Nakashima hurled a complete game, permitting one unearned run on five hits alongside two strikeouts in 7.0 innings for the win (3-3).
The Bears scored all five of their runs in the top of the first as Leung, sophomore Yeram Park (Arcadia, Calif.), and Lotz each singled to load the bases to start the frame.
Schoenewald then doubled to left center to score a pair of runs, and Andrews followed that with a double of her own to left field to plate two more runs. After two more singles, sophomore Emily Springfield (Oceanside, Calif.) sent a sacrifice fly to center field to close the frame's scoring.
The Retrievers scored once in the bottom of the second on an RBI double from Jaclyn Buckley, but the Bears did not allow a run the rest of the way. Nakashima retired the side in order in the third and fourth as part of her victory.
UMBC's Nicole Casagrand took the loss (1-4), surrendering five runs, all earned, on 10 hits with two strikeouts in 7.0 innings.