April 5, 2009
Providence, RI - The Brown University softball team (9-15, 3-5 Ivy) earned a split against Columbia University (12-20, 2-6 Ivy) on Sunday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. Senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) led Brown's offensive attack as she went 5-of-7 from the plate, including a homerun, and tallied five RBI.
In the first game of the day, Columbia scored the first three runs of the game in the top of the third inning. A Keli Leong double brought home Columbia's first run, followed Dani Pineda's triple to bring in the second. The third run came in after a Maggie Johnson's sacrifice fly, to help Columbia to a 3-0 advantage over the Bears.
Brown then earned a run in the fourth when Wilson hit a double to right field to bring in freshman Kate Strobel (Denver, CO). The Lions tallied one more run in the fifth inning, but the Bears rallied to score three runs that inning to tie the game at 4-4. Senior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) shut down all three batters in the sixth, as Brown then earned its first lead of the afternoon when rookie Sandra Mastrangelo (White Plains, NY) singled to left field to score Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY).
Unfortunately in the seventh, Columbia was able to score two runs to earn the win, 6-5. Pineda hit a single to second base to score Anne Marie Skylis, and Kayla Lechler singled to left field to bring home Leong. Junior Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) came in to relieve Moses on the mound, and held the Lions scoreless. Moses earned the loss for Brown, moving to 4-4 on the season. In the 6.2 innings pitched, she allowed six runs, four of which were earned, and struck out two batters.
While Columbia scored the first two runs in the first inning, Brown scored two in both the second and third innings to take a 4-2 lead heading into the fourth. With two outs in the first, Jackie Ecker's single up the middle brought in the squad's first two runs of the game.
Mastrangelo's single through the left scored sophomore Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA), followed by a double to right center by Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA) to bring home Kristie Chin (Katy, TX). With the game tied at 2-2 heading into the third, Columbia was able to load the bases. But first baseman Wilson caught a hard line drive by Skylis to end the inning.
Wilson led off the third inning with her season's first homerun over the center field fence, as Chin doubled to center field to bring home Giovanniello to increase Brown's lead to 4-2. The Lions brought its deficit to one in the fourth, but Brown had a huge sixth inning where the squad scored eight runs to end the game early.
Chaddock received the win at the mound, pitching four innings giving up just three runs on six hits.
Wilson went 3-of-4 from the plate with three RBI and two runs scored, followed by Chin's 2-of-3 performance with two RBI and two runs scored. On the day, Wilson batted .714 hitting 5-of-7 with five RBI, followed by junior Katie Rothamel's (Brentwood, TN) 4-of-7 performance with two RBI and one run to bat .571. Wilson now leads the team in doubles with nine, and also has a team-high 14 RBI.
The Bears are back in action this Tuesday, when it travels to the University of Connecticut to take on Central Connecticut State University in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.