PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Sarah Syrop and sophomore Yeram Park each went 4-for-4, and sophomore Katie Orona pitched a complete game as Brown University softball beat Yale University, 6-2 in game one before game two was suspended at 1-1 after 11 innings due to darkness at Brown Softball Field on Friday.
The Bears (17-21, 6-11 Ivy) took a 6-0 lead en route to its game one win over the Bulldogs (16-30-1, 7-10) prior to the two sides engaging in a pitcher's duel in game two. The two sides will resume the second game in the top of the 12th inning at Yale tomorrow before the two teams play their regularly scheduled doubleheader on Saturday.
In the final home games of the year for Brown, Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) went 4-for-4 at the plate in the opener with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored while Park finished 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) struck out eight batters in the win.
In her final collegiate home games, senior captain Janet Leung (Mississauga, Ontario) notched a hit in each game.
In game two, Brown junior pitcher Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) has pitched all 11 innings so far, allowing one unearned run on six hits with three strikeouts.
Game 1: Brown 6, Yale 2
Syrop and Park each went 4-for-4, and freshman Ashli Lotz (Austin, Texas) finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored as Brown topped Yale, 6-2, in game one.
Orona (9-9) permitted just two runs in the final inning on eight hits with her eight strikeouts. In her support, the Bears posted three runs in the third and one run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
In the bottom of the third, Leung and Park led off the inning with a pair of singles before Lotz sent a two-run single up the middle to score them both. Syrop followed later in the inning with an RBI double down the left field line to plate Lotz.
Park put the hosts up 4-0 in the fourth with a single up the middle to score junior Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.). In the fifth, freshman Annie Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) slotted a pinch-hit, RBI single up the middle, and in the next frame Syrop brought home a run with a single up the middle of her own.
The Bulldogs rallied for two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh as Brittany Labbadia pushed a single up the middle to score two.
Lindsay Efflandt (7-13) took the loss, tossing 3.2 innings in the start and conceding four runs on eight hits. Terra Jerpbak pitched 2.1 innings in relief, giving up two runs on five hits.
Game 2: Brown 1, Yale 1 (Suspended after 11 Innings)
In a game two which the two teams will resume on Saturday at Yale, Chieffallo has allowed just one unearned as the two clubs stand tied 1-1 through 11 innings.
Junior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) hit an RBI double to left center in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.
Chieffallo has pitched the full 11 innings, giving up just one extra-base hit and striking out three.
For Yale, pitcher Francesca Casalino has hurled the full 11 innings, surrendering just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts.
In the top of the third, Yale's Allison Skinner hit a ground ball which allowed Sydney Ginsberg to score an unearned run and put the visitors up 1-0. Brown junior catcher Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) made a critical play later in the frame, tracking down a foul ball behind home plate and hustling to tag out a runner at the plate trying to score from third base.
In the last of the fourth, Lotz led off the frame with a double to right center and Andrews followed with her double to left center to score Lotz.
The two teams combined for nine "1-2-3" half innings from the sixth inning onward.