HANOVER, N.H. – Brown University softball dropped an Ivy League doubleheader at Dartmouth College, 9-1 and 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park.
On the first day of a three-game series, the Bears (11-27, 5-15 Ivy) rallied to take a late lead in game two before falling to the league-leading Big Green (21-16, 15-5 Ivy) after the hosts claimed game one in six innings.
Between the two games, senior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 4-for-6 with a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI. She hit her fifth homer of the season and the 15th of her career, taking sole possession of fourth place on Brown's all-time home runs list.
Next, Brown concludes the three-game set at Dartmouth with a single game tomorrow, Sunday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. in its season finale.
Game 1: Dartmouth 9, Brown 1 (6 Innings)
Senior Annie McGregor hit a home run in the fifth inning, but Brown fell to Dartmouth in six innings in game one, 9-1.
The Bears trailed 7-0 through four innings prior to McGregor's home run, but the Big Green walked off with the win behind two runs in the last of the sixth.
McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) paced the Bears at the plate with her second homer in as many games while sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) reached base twice with a single and a walk.
Dartmouth's Breanna Ethridge earned the win (7-6), surrendering just one run on two hits with 11 strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Morgan Martinelli and Loghan Thomas each hit a home run for the Big Green.
The hosts gained a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a single from Taylor Ward. In the last of the second, Dartmouth stretched its lead to 4-0 on a two-run single from Schae Nelson and another RBI single from Ward.
In the home half of the fourth, Thomas drove a three-run home run to left field to make the score 7-0.
McGregor plated the Bears' lone run with a solo home run to left field in the top of the fifth, cutting the deficit to 7-1.
Martinelli sealed the win for Dartmouth with a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) took the loss (4-10), allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 10 hits with four strikeouts over 5.0 innings.
Game 2: Dartmouth 8, Brown 7
Four different Bears posted multiple hits, and the visitors out-hit the hosts 13-9, but Brown dropped an 8-7 decision to Dartmouth in game two.
The Bears rallied to take a 7-5 lead with five runs in the top of the sixth before the Big Green responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame to re-gain an 8-7 advantage.
Senior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored while junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Senior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) each went 2-for-4 with Metzger notching a double.
For Dartmouth, Schae Nelson hit a three-run home run, Micah Schroder went 4-for-4, and Heather Turner gained the win (10-4), conceding one run on five hits in 3.0 innings.
The Bears claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second as Metzger sent an RBI double to left center. Dartmouth took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third on Schae's three-run homer and pulled ahead 4-1 in the last of the fourth on a single from Schroder.
Wimmer trimmed the margin to 4-2 in the top of the fifth with an RBI double to right center. The hosts made the score 5-2 in the last of the fifth on a single from Loghan Thomas.
Brown responded with a five-run, two-out rally in the top of the sixth, pulling ahead 7-5. Freshman Madi Cranford (Escondido, Calif.) started the comeback with an RBI single to left field. Sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) followed with an RBI single down the right field line.
Seitz knotted the game at 5-5 with an RBI single to right field, and Blanchard gave the Bears their 7-5 lead with a two-run single up the middle.
Dartmouth re-captured the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring a run on a passed ball before Claire Bird hit a two-run double to right center.
Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) threw 5.0 innings, permitting five runs on seven hits in the start. Freshman Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) took the loss (3-3), giving up three runs, one earned, in 1.0 inning.