Bears Split Doubleheader with Cornell
April 10, 2004
The Brown softball team split a doubleheader with Cornell on Saturday, April 10. The Bears fell in game one 12-3, but came back to defeat the Big Red 8-7 in game two. Brown is now 10-13 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League.
Cornell quickly took a 1-0 advantage, capitalizing on two Brown errors in the top of the first. The Big Red went on to score one run in the second to grab a 2-0 lead over the Bears.
Brown got their bats going in the fourth and tied the score 2-2 on a two-run homerun over the left field fence by freshman Courtney Jenkins. The Bears took the lead, 3-2, in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by senior Melissa Brown, scoring senior Laura Leonetti who led off the inning with a single.
However, the Big Red answered back with 10 runs in the top of the seventh to recapture the lead 12-3.
Junior Marisa Berkes recorded the loss on the mound. In 6.2 innings, she struck out three and allowed 11 runs on 12 hits.
In game two, Cornell took the lead early, scoring two runs on a controversial play and one Brown error in the second inning.
The Bears answered back in the third, with four back-to-back singles on two outs to take the lead. Sophomore Rachel Fleitell got the Bears going with a single to left field and advanced to second on a past ball. Junior Uchenna Omokaro scored Fleitell with a single through the left side. Leonetti continued the rally with a single and sophomore Jaimie Wirkowski put the Bears ahead 3-2 with a two-run single through the left side.
Brown added three runs in the fourth with the bases loaded, taking a 6-2 advantage over Cornell. Leonetti earned two RBI in the inning with a key single to left field.
Although the Big Red chipped away at the Bears lead with three runs in the fifth, Brown answered back in the bottom of the inning with an insurance run, taking a 7-5 lead.
In the next inning Cornell tied the score 7-7, but the Bears struck back with three hits and one run to retake the lead 8-7.
Freshman Sarah Corrigan-Gibbs shut down the Big Red in the seventh to earn her third win of the season.
Brown continues action Wednesday, April 14 when they host the University of Rhode Island at 3pm.