March 31, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown softball team (6-13, 0-2 Ivy) dropped two games to the visiting Princeton Tigers (10-18, 1-0) on Saturday afternoon, losing the first 2-0, and the second 4-3 in an eight-inning game to open the Ivy League season.
In a game that came right down to the wire, Princeton got on the scoreboard first in the top of the third inning after a dropped fly ball allowed Princeton's Jamie Lettire to get to second base. Then, Erin Miller moved Lettire to third after a sacrifice bunt, and Beth Dalmut added a single to left field that brought in Lettire to score the first run of the game.
But Brown fought back in the bottom of the inning, when senior Liz Anderson (Oak Hill, VA) hit a double to left field. Anderson moved to third after a sacrifice bunt by freshman Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ), and sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs (Redlands, CA) singled to center field to bring in Anderson.
Princeton was able to pull ahead in the fifth, when Brown pitched sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) walked Tigers' Erin Miller and scored off a Stephanie Steel double.
The Bears showed their resilience, when they answered right back in the bottom of the fifth. Lavine walked, Anderson put down a bunt to advance the runner, and Baxter singled to left to bring home Lavine to tie the score up at 2-2.
Brown took its first lead of the day in the sixth inning, when freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) singled to center field. Freshman Kelsey Peterson (Fairfield, VT) singled to centerfield to score Rothamel, and put the score 3-2 heading into the seventh inning.
Unfortunately for the Bears, the Tigers were able to muster a run when Princeton's Stephanie Steel hit a shot to rightfield. Anderson almost got to it, but it tipped off her glove, allowing Steel to take third base. A single by Brianna Moreno scored Steel, and on the throw to first, Brown's Whitney Lewis (Irvine, CA) threw the ball wide of first base, and Moreno was able to make it to third.
With the score tied at three, the game headed into the eighth inning. With the Tigers up first, Kathryn Welch singled to left field. Jackie Araneo reached first on a fielders choice and Lettire smacked a double to centerfield to bring home Araneo and take a 4-3 lead over the Bears.
Brown's Peterson got to first after being hit by a pitch, and Anderson singled to right field. But the Bears couldn't find a way to bring the runners in, losing to Princeton, 4-3.
Moses (2-6) pitched a complete game, gave up 10 hits, walked one batter and struck out six of Princeton's batters. Lettire (3-4) allowed nine hits, three walks and retired four Brown batters.
In game one, the Tigers scored the only two runs of the competition in the sixth inning, as pitcher Kristen Schaus (5-8) allowed only three hits and two walks and struck out eight of Brown's batters.
Brown had just three hits for the game, but was able to load the bases in the fifth inning. After two dropped balls in Princeton's infield, allowing Peterson and Lavine on base, freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) loaded the bases after hitting a single with just one out. But Princeton's shortstop Kathryn Welch caught a line drive hit by Laabs, who also threw to third to get the runner off the bag and end the inning.
Ironically, the Tigers not only got their two runs in the sixth, but they also recorded their first hit that inning as well. Jackie Araneo led off with a double, and made it to thord on a sacrifice bunt and then went to on score on a wild pitch by Brown's Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA).
Then, Princeton freshman Collette Abbot hit the ball to left field, where Brown's Laabs made a valiant diving effort, which got by her. Unfortunately, the ball rolled all the way to the fence, allowing Abbott to get around all the bases for an inside-the-park homerun.
Iwasaki (0-3) pitched the entire game, allowed just two hits and walked two batters.
The Bears will host the Cornell Big Red tomorrow at noon, for another Ivy League doubleheader.