PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior pitchers Leah Nakashima and Gina Chieffallo both threw complete games to lead Brown University softball to an Ivy League North Division doubleheader sweep of Yale University, 7-2 and 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field.
In their final games of the regular season, the Bears (16-29, 6-14 Ivy) plated all seven of their runs in the first two innings in game two before using a two-run home run from junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) to power past the visiting Bulldogs (17-28, 10-10 Ivy).
Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) tossed her second shutout in four days – and the second of her career – in game two while Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) earned her first win of the year in game one.
McGregor went 5-for-6 in the doubleheader with her ninth homer of the year, a double, four RBIs, and three runs. Between the two games, senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) finished 3-for-7 with four runs and two doubles.
In 2017, Brown set a single-season team record with 32 home runs.
Prior to the opening game, Brown honored the six members of its senior class – Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas), Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.), Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.), Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.), Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.), and Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.). – for their hard work and dedication to the program over the last four years.
As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown softball field, the Bears welcomed former Brown softball head coach Pam McCreesh – who led the Bears to the 2004 Ivy League title – to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the opening game and four-time All-Ivy shortstop, Janet Leung, Brown Class of 2016, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the second game.
Game 1: Brown 7, Yale 2
Senior Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) threw her first complete game of the season, and junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs as Brown beat Yale, 7-2, in game one.
The Bears plated three runs in the bottom of the first and four runs in the bottom of the second while Nakashima did not allow a run after the top of the second in the victory.
Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk, sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) tallied a double and two RBIs, and senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) posted two runs and an RBI.
Nakashima allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 7.0 innings in her first win (1-2) of the season.
After Yale gained a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Bears responded with three runs in the home half of the inning. Sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) started the scoring with an RBI single through the right side before Wimmer hit a sacrifice fly to center field and McGregor stole home on a first-and-third play.
Following a Yale run in the top of the second, Brown answered with four runs in the bottom of the stanza. Andrews initiated the rally with an RBI single down the left field line. McGregor then laced a two-run double down the left field line prior to an RBI double to center field from Wimmer.
Yale's Lindsay Efflandt took the loss (5-8), surrendering seven runs, all earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts over 1.1 innings. Terra Jerpbak did not give up a run in 4.2 innings of relief.
A lightning delay caused a 42-minute intermission in the game prior to the bottom of the fourth inning.
Game 2: Brown 3, Yale 0
Senior Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) hurled her second shutout in four days, and junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) launched her ninth home run of the year to lead Brown to a 3-0 win over Yale in game two in its season finale.
McGregor's two-run home run gave Brown a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and Chieffallo shut the door on the contest in the top of the seventh.
Chieffallo tallied her second career shutout after blanking Harvard on Thursday, allowing just four hits with two strikeouts over a complete-game 7.0 innings in the win (3-1) against the Bulldogs.
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs in the contest.
Following three scoreless innings, the Bears broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Once Brown loaded the bases, sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) drove a sacrifice fly to left field to score Andrews.
Still leading 1-0, McGregor tripled the Bears' edge to 3-0 with a two-run home run 50 feet beyond the wall in left field with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
Yale's Francesca Casalino absorbed the loss (3-11), conceding three runs, all earned, on four hits with two strikeouts over 6.0 innings.