March 26, 2007
Riverside, CA - The Bears (6-8) dropped two more games this afternoon, as they were defeated by the University of California Riverside (16-16) 8-0 in game one and 1-0 in game two.
The Bears, who have been struggling offensively in its last two games, had only four hits during the first game against UC Riverside. Freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN), sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA), junior Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) and freshman Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) each had one hit as freshman Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) started on the mound.
Although Brown had runners left on base in every inning but one, they were not able to score any runs to match the bats of the Highlanders. UC Riverside jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and went on to score one run in the third, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth to bring the score to 8-0 and give the Bears its first loss of the day.
Iwasaki pitched four innings, giving up six runs and striking out five Highlander batters. Sophomore Kristen Schindler (Caldwell, NJ) came in to pitch one, as she allowed two runs and struck out one batter.
During the second game, the Bears kept it close, with the help of sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) on the mound. Moses pitched six innings, allowing just five hits, striking out three batters and allowing just one run. However, the Bears weren't able to find their bats, and were held scoreless for the third time this season.
The Bears, who had six hits during game two, was led by senior Liz Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA), sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA), Rothamel, Wilson, Lewis and freshman Kelsey Peterson (Fairfield, VT) who each had one hit.
The game was scoreless until the third inning, when the Highlanders were able to bring in a run after Nicole Carter doubled and April Murray brought her in by a sacrifice fly.
The Bears will take on Long Beach State tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. PT.