Bears Late Comeback Falls Short In Maryland Tournament Championship

March 21, 2004

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College Park, MD - The Brown University softball team advanced to the championship game of the University of Maryland Tournament on Sunday after defeating the Terrapins 3-1. The win set up a rematch between the Bears and Boston College in the championship with the Eagles coming out on top in another nail biter.

Brown scored three runs in the seventh and final inning to overcome a one run deficit against Maryland earlier in the day. The Terrapins grabbed the one run lead in the third inning as the Bears went scoreless through six innings.

With one last chance, Brown rallied in the final inning with 2 outs to steal the victory. Sophomore Rachel Fleitell kept Brown alive with a single to centerfield. Sophomore Mary Seid then reached on an error which ended up being the winning run.

It was senior Laura Leonetti's triple on the next at-bat that sealed it for the Bears. The First Team All-Ivy selection ripped one down the rightfield line, easily scoring Fleitell and Seid. Brown added an insurance run with a single by sophomore Jaimie Wirkowsi that brought in Leonetti.

On the mound, sophomore Marissa Berkes pitched a stellar game, going all seven inning, allowing just the one run. She struck out five and walked just one batter.

With the win, the Bears advanced to the championship game of the tournament, facing the Eagles for the second day in a row. Yesterday, the Eagles edged out Brown 3-2.

The Bears almost pulled out a deja-vu victory as they rallied for five runs in the seventh. This time though, the team came up just short, falling 9-7.

Boston College took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and added three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a big 9-0 lead.

Brown cut the lead to seven in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on three hits. Back to back singles aided by an Eagles error brough in one run while Wirkowski's single drove int he second in the inning.

In the seventh, Berkes led-off the frame with a single to third. Senior Melissa Brown later singled but senior Barbara Maloni, who pinch ran for Berkes, was called out at home on the play.

Seid drove in the first run of the inning on a base-hit to centerfield. With the bases loaded, Leonetti walked on the next play, allowing Brown to cross the plate. A fielder's choice by Wirkowski scored another run, the Bears third of the inning.

An error by the Eagles allowed another run to come in, cutting the lead to three. Freshman Andrea Miranda's single through the left side, brought Brown to within two with two outs but it was the last run the Bears could muster out of the inning.

Brown returns to action on Tuesday at home against Holy Cross.