March 29, 2009
The Brown softball team (5-13, 1-3 Ivy) earned a split with Princeton (7-11, 2-2) this afternoon at the Class of 1895 Field. The Bears fell 8-2 in the first game of the day, and then posted a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in game two.
Bruno started off strong in game one, tallying two runs while holding the Tigers scoreless for the first three innings. The Bears earned both of its runs when freshman Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) sent a double down the right field line to bring in both Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) and Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA).
But the Tigers came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth inning when they scored six runs. Welch started off the inning with a homerun to right center, but junior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) shut down the next two batters. Princeton rallied when Kristin Arguedas doubled to center field, and went on to score five more runs to take a 6-0 lead over the Bears.
Jamie Lettire (3-3) held Brown scoreless for the rest of the game, as she struck out six batters and gave up two runs on four hits for the win. The Tigers secured the win by scoring another two runs in the sixth to push its lead up to 8-2, as Moses received the loss at the mound to put her record at 3-3 on the year. Moses gave up eight runs, four of which were earned, on 11 hits and struck out four Princeton batters.
The Bears once again got on the scoreboard first, when the squad posted two runs in the bottom of the third inning. After Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) flied out to right field, Atherton reached first on a walk. Sophomore Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI) hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Atherton to second, as Strobel singled to right center to bring home Atherton. Then, senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) doubled to left field to scored Strobel, which gave Brown a 2-0 edge over the Tigers.
Princeton's Welch got the Tigers going again the fourth, after she doubled to right center. But the Bears' defense shut down their next two batters, but Kathryn Welch advanced to third base after a passed ball. Abbott then knocked a triple to right field to bring home Welch, and decrease its deficit to just one heading into the final three innings of play. Sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) pitched the first 3.2 innings and gave up the one run on four Princeton hits, but sophomore Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) pitched the next 2.1 to shut down the Tigers and earn her first win of the season.
Moses (3-3) came in and closed out the final inning of play to earn the save, as the Bears came out on top, 2-1, to earn their first Ivy League victory of the 2008-09 campaign. Princeton's Michelle Tolfa took the loss in the circle, as she is now 4-7 on the year.
Atherton led Bruno's offense today going 2-of-5 from the plate to score two runs. Wilson went 2-of-6 with two doubles and one RBI, while Strobel posted two hits and tallied an RBI.
The Bears now host Rhode Island at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and will then host Penn on Saturday, April 4, and Columbia on Sunday, April 5.