PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball will host Harvard University for a rescheduled game on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Brown Softball Field to close out the two teams' four-game season series.
LAST TIME OUT
Brown dropped an Ivy League North Division doubleheader to Harvard, 4-0 and 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field to close out its Alumnae Weekend. The Bears held the visitors without a run after the second inning in game one and tied game two at 2-2 in the third inning to go with a rally in the sixth before the Crimson emerged with victories in both games.
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) each drove in a run for the Bears. Junior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) and sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) threw their eighth and seventh complete games of the year respectively.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters Thursday with an 18-16 overall record and 9-6 Ivy League mark, standing a half game out of first place in the North Division. Rhianna Rich ranks second in the Ivy League with a .424 batting average while Maddy Kaplan is hitting .369. The Crimson turn to Kathleen Duncan (3.43 ERA, 96.0 IP), Taylor Cabe (3.78 ERA, 79.2 IP), and Sarah Smith (3.18 ERA, 33.0 IP) in the circle.
HOME RUN RECORD
Brown has set a program record for team home runs in a single season with 29 homers thus far in 2017. The 2011 and 2012 teams established the previous record with 28 home runs in each of those seasons. This year, the Bears have hit 17 home runs in 12 Ivy League games and have belted 11 homers in their last four outings.
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) leads this year's team with seven homers while freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) and senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) have tallied six and five blasts respectively. Sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) and freshman Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) have contributed four homers apiece.
OKIMOTO LEADING OFF
Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) has tallied a .322 batting average, .424 on-base percentage, 29 runs, 39 hits, four doubles, six homers, 25 RBIs, and 20 walks while serving as the Bears' lead-off hitter in her rookie campaign. She ranks third in the Ivy League in runs, second in walks, second in assists (85), seventh in homers, eighth in RBIs, and 11th in hits. In Ivy competition, she has notched a .314 average with 16 hits, 10 runs, three homers, and eight RBIs.
MCGREGOR PRESENTS POWER
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) has provided the Bears with power in the middle of the lineup, registering a .331 average, .621 slugging percentage, 25 runs, 41 hits, nine doubles, three triples, seven homers, and 26 RBIs. She ranks fifth in the league in homers, fifth in slugging, seventh in runs, sixth in hits, sixth in RBIs, and first in put outs (322). In Ivy games, she has compiled a .320 average, .660 slugging percentage, 16 hits, eight runs, four homers, and 14 RBIs.
ANDREWS BRINGS SENIOR PRESENCE AT PLATE
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) has hit .319 with 36 hits, 19 runs, eight doubles, five home runs, and 17 RBIs this season. She ranks 11th in the Ivy League in home runs and in doubles. In conference play, she has posted a .351 batting average, .676 slugging percentage, 13 hits, nine runs, three doubles, three homers, and seven RBIs.
METZGER & SEITZ GIVE DEPTH
Junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) have helped give the Bears depth in the lineup this season. Metzger has posted a .303 average with 16 runs, 30 hits, nine doubles, a homer, and 16 RBIs. She ranks sixth in the league in doubles. Seitz has logged a .297 average with 17 runs, 30 hits, five doubles, four homers, and 19 RBIs while leading the Ancient Eight with 88 putouts.
Orona has notched a 3.57 ERA over 21 appearances, 17 starts, and 94.0 innings with five wins, eight complete games and 50 strikeouts. She ranks fifth in the league in ERA, fifth in complete games, fourth in starts, seventh in appearances, and eighth in innings.
Wimmer has recorded a 4.21 ERA over 21 appearances, 13 starts, and 99.2 innings with six wins, seven complete games, and 41 strikeouts. She stands fourth in the league in innings, seventh in wins, seventh in appearances, and seventh in complete games.
OKIMOTO WINS IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Mar. 13. She posted a .462 batting average (6-for-13), a run, a double, an RBI, a walk, and a .500 on-base percentage over five games. She went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI, and a double against Fordham.
FINISHING PRE-IVY PLAY STRONG
The Bears closed their pre-Ivy League slate with wins in seven of their last eight games in the month of March. Brown won its last two games at the Pirate Invitational and went 3-1 at the Stony Brook Tournament. In their first games at their new field, the Bears swept a doubleheader from Hartford.
After finishing out its four-game series with Harvard, Brown closes the regular season with a four-game set against Yale. The Bears play a road doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 29 and host the Bulldogs for a twin bill on Sunday, Apr. 30 with both game days starting at 12:30 p.m.