March 11, 2007
Fairfax, VA - The Brown softball team (6-4) fell, 5-2, to both Youngstown State and George Mason University on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears, who defeated YSU 6-3 yesterday, weren't able to overcome the hot-hitting Penguins the second time around. After two scoreless innings, Youngstown State broke the silence and brought in two runs in the top of third.
But the bears quickly bounced back from their 2-0 deficit, and answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. Started off by sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA) taking first after being hit by a pitch, freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) put down a bunt down the third base line. Although Browne was called out at first, she advanced Laabs, putting her in scoring position.
Then, freshman Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) singled to center field, scoring Laabs, followed by a double by sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) which brought in Brown's second run to tie the ballgame at 2-2.
But that was as close as the Bears would get, as the Penguins scored two more in the fourth inning and then another in the sixth to defeat Brown, 5-2.
Wilson was in the circle for the Bears, allowing nine hits and walking four batters. YSU only allowed three hits for the afternoon and struck out five Brown batters.
Against George Mason, the Bears again, scored just two runs in another 5-2 loss. Mason came out hot, as they brought in two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Mason held the Bears scoreless until they scored a run in the fourth inning.
With two outs, Wilson got on base from a walk, and Baxter hit a single to let field to advance Wilson. Then, Lewis singled to left field and brought home Wilson to make the score 2-1 in the fourth inning.
Both Mason and Brown scored in the fifth, with senior Liz Anderson (Oak Hill, VA)getting on base after being hit by a pitch. Laabs advanced Anderson on a single, and Browne put down a bunt to move both Anderson and Laabs. Then Lavine hit a single to the outfield and brought home Anderson.
George Mason was able to score one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to eventually win the game, 5-2. Sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) was given the loss, as she pitched four innings for the Bears. She gave up five hits and three runs. Sophomore Kristen Schindler (Caldwell, NJ) came in and pitched two, giving up two hits and two runs.
The Bears are back in action on March 24, when they travel to California to take on the University of San Diego.