Softball Splits With Central Connecticut In Home Opener
April 6, 2006
Providence, RI - The softball team rebounded from a tough 8-7 game one loss to defeat the Central Connecticut Blue Devils 5-0 in game two before the game was called for darkness in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Bears now have a 10-18 overall record.
The Bears found themselves playing catch up after the first half of the inning, as the Blue Devils were able to bring in three runs in the opening frame. Brown made up a bit of the deficit in the bottom half, as senior Jaimie Wirkowski came in on a double by freshman Kelsey Wilson cutting the game to a two run deficit.
Brown struck in the second inning scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Linnea Anderson got the Bears going tagging a lead-off double to right center, made her way to third on a fielder's choice that came off the bat of freshman Ava Amini. Anderson came across the plate on a single by freshman Kari Best bringing Brown within one run. With the bases loaded and two outs senior Jaimie Wirkowski hit a rocket to left center bringing sophomore Kaitlyn Laabs and senior Mary Seid giving Brown a 4-3 edge after two innings.
Central Connecticut tied the game in the top of the third and went up 8-4 on a grand slam by the Blue Devil's Pam Shifrin in the top of the sixth. The Bears threatened in the seventh but the rally came up a run short as Brown fell 8-7 in game one. The Bears loaded the bases with no outs as Baxter drew a walk, Wirkowski singled and Wilson walked. Brown's first run of the inning came in on a walk, as junior Melissa Ota drew a bases loaded walk for a 8-5 score with no outs and bases still loaded. Wirkowski crossed the plate for Brown on a fielder's choice from sophomore Linnea Anderson cutting the score to 8-6 with one out. Ota came in on the Bears final run when Laabs was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the 8-7 final.
Freshman Heather Garrison recorded the loss on the mound surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings of relief work.
After a scoreless first inning the Bears exploded offensively in the second scoring five runs. With Anderson on first base Amini hit a double down the first base line to put runners on second and third with one. With the bases loaded Laabs, and Seid went for back-to-back singles to bring in Anderson and Amini and grab a 2-0 lead. With the bases still loaded Baxter drew a walk to bring in Best who reached on a dropped third strike by the catcher. Wirkowski brought in the next two runners with her single down the left field line for the 5-0 score.
The Brown defense clamped down, keeping the Blue Devils off the board as freshman Michelle Moses recorded her fourth win of the season. Moses recorded four strikeouts and allowed four hits in the five innings of action on the mound.
The Bears will have their Ivy League weekend opener on Saturday, as they travel to Penn for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader with the Quakers.