PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Meghan Wimmer threw a complete game, and sophomore Raquel Blanchard hit a game-tying double as Brown University softball rallied past Harvard University in game two, 3-2, after falling in game one, 6-1, in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field.
On the first day of their final home series of the season, the Bears (10-25, 4-13 Ivy) plated two runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth to beat the Crimson (21-15, 14-5 Ivy) in the nightcap after the visitors took the opener of the three-game set.
In game two, Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) threw her fourth complete game of the season and did not allow a run after the first inning. Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) tied the game with her double in the fourth, and junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) drove in the go-ahead run in the last of the fifth.
Next, Brown concludes the three-game set vs. Harvard with a single game tomorrow, Sunday, Apr. 29, at 12:30 p.m. on Senior Day.
Game 1: Harvard 6, Brown 1
Junior Cat Seitz drove in a run with a double, but Brown fell to league leading Harvard in game one, 6-1.
The Bears remained within 3-1 after the first inning before the Crimson scored two runs in the third and added an insurance run in the seventh.
Harvard starter Katie Duncan threw a complete-game 7.0 innings, permitting one run on four hits with five strikeouts in the win (14-8). Meagan Lantz posted a 4-for-4 effort with a home run and three runs scored, and Olivia Giaquinto went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
In the top of the first, the Crimson scored three runs with Giaquinto capping the inning with an RBI double to right center.
The Bears answered with one run in the bottom of the first as Seitz sent an RBI double to right center to score Okimoto.
Harvard extended its lead to 5-1 in the top of the third, including an RBI single from Giaquinto. Lantz pushed the margin to 6-1 in the seventh stanza with a solo home run to left field.
Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) tossed her second complete game of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits over 7.0 innings in the loss (3-7).
Game 2: Brown 3, Harvard 2
Junior Meghan Wimmer threw a complete game, sophomore Raquel Blanchard tied the game with a double, and junior Cat Seitz plated the go-ahead run as Brown came from behind to beat Harvard in game two, 3-2.
Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Bears knotted the game at 2-2 in last of the fourth before pulling ahead of the Crimson 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) pitched 7.0 innings in her 12th career complete game, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in the win (4-9). She did not permit a run after the first inning and did not let a runner reach base after the Bears tied the score.
Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) plated two runs with her double, Seitz (Poway, Calif.) edged Brown ahead with a sacrifice fly, and Wimmer, freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), and senior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) each scored one run.
Harvard took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Rhianna Rich hit an RBI single to left field and Lindey Kneib sent a sacrifice fly to center.
Brown answered in the bottom of the fourth, putting runners on second and third with one out after Schmitz absorbed a pitch and Wimmer hit a single to right field. Blanchard then drove a two-run double into left center, tying the game at 2-2.
After the Bears loaded the bases with one out in the last of the fifth, Seitz lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Metzger and give the Bears a 3-2 advantage.
Wimmer kept the Crimson at bay over the final three innings as she did not allow a runner to reach base in the fifth, sixth, or seventh frame.
For Harvard, Sarah Smith took the loss (5-1), conceding three runs on five hits over 6.0 innings. Olivia Giaquinto went 2-for-3 at the plate.