Bears Go 1-1 on First Day of Highlander Classic
March 26, 2004
The Brown softball went 1-1 in the opening day of the Highlander Softball Classic in Radford, Va. The Bears opened up the tournament dropping a close 4-2 contest with Albany but came out on top, 10-0, in their second game of the day against Niagara. The Bears are now 5-5 on the season.
In game one, the Bears took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With two outs, sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski singled to score sophomore Rachel Fleitell who walked to lead-off the inning. However, the Great Danes answered back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Brown tried to battle back and tacked on one run in the fourth. Senior Laura Leonetti led off the inning with a walk and scored on a single by freshman Courtney Jenkins. However, the Bears were shut-down, leaving one runner on base.
The Bears were unable to mount an offensive attack later in the game, ending the battle with Albany 4-2.
Game two was another story as Brown hammered Niagara scoring 10 runs on seven hits.
The Bears rattled the Purple Eagles early, taking a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After leadoff hitter, Fleitell was hit by a pitch, Leonetti hit a rocket to centerfield and Wirkowski followed up with a walk to load the bases for freshman Andrea Miranda. Miranda reached first on an error, scoring two runs to put the Bears on the board 2-0. Senior Melissa Brown continued the Brown hitting streak with a solid shot to score two more runs, giving the Bears a 4-0 advantage.
The next inning, Brown rallied with two outs, tacking on three more runs. Leonetti, Wirkowski and freshman Courtney Jenkins all tallied back-to-back hits to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Brown added three runs in the fourth on a two out rally to put the game in the bag with a 10-0 shutout. Jenkins highlighted the inning with a homerun, scoring two runs.
Jenkins went 3-5 with 4 RBI and Wirkowski finished 3-5 with 3 RBI on the day.
On the mound, freshman Sara Corrigan-Gibbs got the win, going the distance. Gibbs allowed only two hits and stuck out 10 out of the 18 batters she faced in the game. Brown will face host Radford tomorrow at 10 a.m. and Eastern Shore at 12:00 p.m.