PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Meghan Wimmer hit her fifth home run of the season, but Brown University softball dropped a doubleheader to the University of Pennsylvania, 13-4 and 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field.
In their first home games as the official home team, the Bears (7-14, 1-4 Ivy) fell in five innings in game one before taking an early lead in an eventual setback to the visiting Quakers (7-14, 4-4 Ivy) in game two.
Between the two games, Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.), junior Ashli Lotz (Austin, Texas), and freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) each posted three hits with Wimmer launching her sixth career homer.
Next, Brown completes the three-game series with Penn tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 1, with a single game at 12:30 p.m.
Game 1: Penn 13, Brown 4 (5 Innings)
The Quakers took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first and gained an advantage as large as 11 runs at 13-2 in the top of the fourth before holding off a rally from the Bears.
Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) notched a double with her 2-for-3 effort, and sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) totaled a double, an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and two runs scored.
For Penn, Sarah Cwiertnia totaled four RBIs, Jurie Joyner went 2-for-3 with a home run, and Sam Pederson finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs. Mason Spichiger earned the win (2-5), throwing 3.2 innings in the start and allowing four runs on nine hits.
The Quakers took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first behind a two-run homer from Joyner and two-run double from Cwiertnia. A sacrifice fly from sophomore Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) brought Brown within 6-1 in the bottom of the first.
Penn added four runs in the top of the third, moving ahead 10-1. An RBI single from Blanchard in the home half of the frame trimmed the margin to 10-2.
After the visitors added three more runs in the top of the fourth, Okimoto registered a sacrifice fly, and Schmitz drove in a run with a single to cut the deficit to 13-4.
Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) took the loss (3-3), hurling 3.0 innings and giving up 10 runs, eight earned, on 10 hits.
Game 2: Penn 6, Brown 2
The Bears led 1-0 through two innings prior to the Quakers plating three runs in the third, two runs in the fifth, and one run in the seventh.
Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) drove in both of the Bears' runs with her solo shot in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Sam Pederson, Sarah Cwiertnia, and Jurie Joyner each recorded two hits for the Quakers. Abigail Abramson gained the win (3-5), throwing a complete-game 7.0 innings and conceding two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
Wimmer initiated the game's scoring, driving a solo homer over the wall in left center field in the bottom of the first.
The Quakers answered with three runs in the top of the third and a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to pull ahead 5-1.
Wimmer notched a sacrifice fly in the last of the fifth to score Lotz (Austin, texas) before Penn added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) absorbed the loss (1-5), pitching 5.0 innings in the start and permitting five runs, three earned, on seven hits. Freshman Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) did not allow an earned run in 2.0 innings of relief.