HANOVER, N.H. – Junior Meghan Wimmer hit her seventh home run of the season, but Brown University softball's rally came up just short as Brown fell at Dartmouth College, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at the Dartmouth Softball Park in its season finale.
Closing out a three-game series, the Bears (11-28, 5-16 Ivy) came back from a 7-0 deficit to pull within 7-6 in the sixth inning before the host Big Green (22-16, 16-5 Ivy) held on for the win. Dartmouth will host Harvard in the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend.
Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) finished the game with three RBIs, including her two-run homer in the sixth. Sophomore Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs, junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) posted a 2-for-4 effort with a triple, two RBIs, and two runs, and senior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) registered a pair of hits, including a double.
For Dartmouth, Schae Nelson, Jade Bravo, and Abby Shipley all notched multi-hit games while Shipley, Tessa Grossman, and Morgan Ebow all tallied two RBIs. Shelby Wilkison earned the win (5-6) surrendering six runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts, and Heather Turner garnered the save (3), hurling 1.0 inning of scoreless relief.
The Big Green claimed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, bringing home two runs with walks before Ebow hit a two-run single. The hosts pushed their edge to 7-0 in the last of the second behind RBIs from Nelson, Shipley, and Grossman.
Brown cut Dartmouth's lead to 7-2 in the top of the third as Seitz sent a triple to right field that scored Okimoto before Wimmer lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Seitz.
The Bears continued their rally in the top of the sixth as a run scored on a wild pitch prior to Seitz knocking a single to left field to score Okimoto. Wimmer capped the inning with a two-run homer to center field.
In the circle, Wimmer threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts. Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) tossed 3.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs on eight hits. Senior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) took the loss (1-8) in the start.