PRINCETON, N.J. – Freshman shortstop Kaitlin Okimoto hit two home runs in game one, but Brown University softball dropped a doubleheader at Princeton University, 4-3 and 10-0, on Saturday afternoon at Class of 1895 Field.
In their first games of the Ivy League season, the Bears (8-15, 0-2 Ivy) nearly overcame a 4-0 deficit in game one before the host Tigers (9-11, 2-0 Ivy) earned a run-rule win in five innings over the visitors in game two.
Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) recorded her second and third home runs of the season while junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) notched her third homer of the year in the opening game. Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw her fifth complete game of the season in game one.
Next, Brown continues Ivy League play with a doubleheader at Cornell tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 2, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1: Princeton 4, Brown 3
The Bears hit solo home runs in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to pull within 4-3, but the host Tigers held on for the win after taking a 4-0 lead.
Okimoto registered her second and third home runs of the season, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs in the game. McGregor notched her second homer in as many games and her third of the season.
Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw her fifth complete game of the season, allowing four runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over 6.0 innings in the loss (4-6).
Princeton's Claire Klausner earned the win (4-3), tossing a complete-game 7.0 innings and giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the first as Kaylee Grant sent a two-run double to center field, and Kaitlyn Waslawski forced home a run after absorbing a pitch. Princeton pushed its lead to 4-0 on an RBI single from Allison Harvey in the last of the second.
The Bears did not allow the hosts to score the rest of the way and began their comeback in the top of the fourth as Okimoto drove a home run over the wall in center field.
McGregor made the score 4-2 with a solo shot down the left field line in the top of the fifth, and Okimoto brought the visitors within 4-3 on a homer to left center field in the top of the sixth.
Game 2: Princeton 10, Brown 0 (5 Innings)
Brown threatened to overcome an early 2-0 deficit before Princeton scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 10-0 win in five innings in game two.
The Bears remained within 2-0 of the Tigers through three-and-a-half innings before Princeton scored eight runs in the last of the fourth.
The Tigers' Eria Nori picked up the win (4-1), pitching a complete-game 5.0 innings and conceding no runs on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts in the shutout.
Marissa Reynolds, Keeley Walsh, Danielle Dockx, and Allison Harvey all drove in multiple runs for Princeton, including homers from Reynolds and Dockx.
Princeton gained a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind a sacrifice fly and a solo home run to right center from Reynolds.
The Bears threatened in the top of the third and fourth innings, placing runners on first and second in both frames before the Tigers escaped both jams.
The hosts plated eight runs in the last of the fourth to move ahead 10-0. Kaylee Grant started the rally with an RBI double before Walsh hit a two-run double to right field. Dockx extended the lead to 8-0 with a three-run homer to left center. Harvey and Reynolds both hit RBI doubles to close the frame.
Sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) took the loss (3-5), permitting eight runs, all earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts in 3.0 innings. Freshman Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) did not allow an earned run with a strikeout in 1.0 inning of relief.