PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Annie McGregor broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth, but Brown University softball fell to Harvard University, 7-4, in game one on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field before the two teams postponed game two.
In Ivy League North Division play, the Bears (13-25, 3-10 Ivy) went up 4-2 in the last of the sixth prior to the visiting Crimson (16-16, 7-6 Ivy) rallying to score five runs in the top of the seventh. Brown and Harvard chose to postpone game two due to weather.
McGregor finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple, double, two RBIs, and a run. Three other Bears – senior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.), junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.), and sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) – each tallied two hits while sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) drove home two runs.
The Bears struck first as Seitz plated a run with a ground out in the top of the first. Harvard pulled even at 1-1 on an RBI single from Nicki Nishizawa in the top of the fourth.
Seitz put Brown back on top, 2-1, with an RBI single through the right side in the bottom of the fifth. Nishizawa answered with an RBI single, tying the score at 2-2 in the top of the sixth.
McGregor pushed the Bears back ahead, 4-2, driving a two-run double to left center with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Crimson came back with five runs in the top of the seventh, including a two-run double to right center from Nishizawa, to move ahead, 7-4.
Harvard reliever Taylor Cabe earned the win (5-6), tossing 2.0 innings of relief with one strikeout. Kathleen Duncan hurled 5.0 innings in the start, conceding four runs, two earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts.
In the circle for Brown, Wimmer threw 6.1 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on nine hits with one strikeout in the loss (6-9). Freshman Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) did not allow a hit in 0.2 innings of relief.
After the game, Brown recognized the 1997 Brown softball team in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its Ivy League Championship and NCAA Championship appearance. As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown Softball Field, the Bears welcomed Brown softball and women's ice hockey Hall of Famer Katie King Crowley '97, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch after the game.
Next, Brown hosts Harvard for a doubleheader tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 23, beginning at 12:30 p.m.