March 24, 2007
San Diego, CA - The Brown softball team (6-6) was defeated twice, 2-1, and 1-0, by the University of San Diego (16-13) on Saturday afternoon.
During the first game, the Bears were able to score the first run of the game in the fifth inning. Freshman Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) struck out, but senior Liz Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA) singled to the right side and sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA) reached first on a fielders choice. Anderson got out heading to second base, and then freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) laid down a bunt, moving Laabs to second. Freshman Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) hit a single to right field bringing home Laabs to put Bruno ahead, 1-0. But USD was able to scrape together a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh to take the lead, 2-1 and defeat the Bears in game one.
Lavine, Anderson and Laabs each had two hits in their three at bats, and sophomore Kelsey Wilson was at the mound receiving the loss.
In the second game of afternoon, sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) was at the mound for the Bears, striking out four batters while only allowing two hits. USD's pticher, Christina Haake, retired 12 Brown batters and also allowed just two hits in the game.
While both teams were held scoreless until the fifth inning, the Bears had an opportunity in the second inning as the bases were loaded with one out. Junior Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) got on base with a walk and freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) reached on an error by the shortstop, advancing Baxter to second. Then, freshman Kirsten Harvey (Carlsbad, CA) got hit by a pitch loading the bases. But two batters struck out afterwards, and kept the game scoreless until USD scored in the fifth.
Although it was 1-0, Brown freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) got on base in the sixth inning from a single, but no one was able to bring her in, which eventually ended the game, 1-0.
Brown is back in action on Monday, March 26 at noon, when they take on University of California Riverside.