Softball Drops Twin Bill to Columbia, 7-0, 5-3

Softball Drops Twin Bill to Columbia, 7-0, 5-3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball dropped an Ivy League doubleheader to Columbia University, 7-0 and 5-3, on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Softball field.

The Bears (8-21, 2-10 Ivy) rallied to tie game two at 3-3 in the fourth inning before the visiting Lions (17-16, 9-6 Ivy) came back with two runs to complete the series sweep.

Junior pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) struck out a career-high eight batters in game two while sophomore pitcher Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) recorded a career-best five strikeouts in game one. Between the two games, sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto went 3-for-7 with an RBI, finishing the series with a .455 batting average.

Next, Brown plays at Providence College on Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 4:00 p.m. before returning to Ivy League play with a three-game series at Yale with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 21 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, Apr. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Game 1: Columbia 7, Brown 0

Senior Annie McGregor posted a pair of hits as Brown fell to Columbia, 7-0, in game one.

The Lions scored three runs in the top of the first and added one run in each of the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh frames on their way to the shutout of the Bears.

McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 2-for-3 while sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) and junior Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) registered one hit apiece.

For Columbia, Maria Pagane went 2-for-2 with a home run and three runs scored, Taylor Troutt finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Sommer Grzybek hit a homer. Madison Canby earned the win (9-7), hurling a complete-game shutout and permitting just four hits with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Troutt hit a two-run double to left center and Max Ortega drove in a run with a single through the left side.

A solo shot from Grzybek in the third made the score 4-0, and a solo homer from Pagane in the fourth extended the lead to 5-0. The visitors tacked on one insurance run in each of the sixth and seventh stanzas.

Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) threw 4.2 innings in relief, allowing three runs on six hits with a career-high five strikeouts. Senior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) took the loss (1-7), giving up four runs over 2.1 innings in the start.

Game 2: Columbia 5, Brown 3

Brown tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth before Columbia plated one run in each of the fifth and seventh innings to hold on for a 5-3 win in game two.

The Bears plated three runs in the home half of the fourth to erase a 3-0 deficit before the Lions responded with a run in the top of the fifth and tacked on a run in the top of the seventh.

Sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) posted a 2-for-4 effort in the game with an RBI. Senior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) hit an RBI double in the fourth, and freshman Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) struck out a career-high eight batters, pitching 6.0 innings and permitting five runs, four earned, on eight hits in the loss (3-7). Ladd did not allow a hit in 1.0 inning of relief.

For the Lions, Olivia Parker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Madison Gott recorded two RBIs, and Maria Pagane posted two hits. Maura Lynch earned the win (2-4), tossing 4.0 innings in relief and conceding two runs on four hits. Erin Gallo gave up one run on two hits over 3.0 innings in the start.

Columbia claimed a 3-0 edge in the top of the second behind an RBI double from Taylor Troutt and a two-run single from Parker.

Brown knotted the score at 3-3 with three runs in the last of the fourth. Ladd started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field before Metzger drove an RBI double to right center. Okimoto closed the frame's scoring with an RBI single to center field.

The visitors plated a run in the top of the fifth on a single and added a run in the top of the seventh on a ground out.