Softball Takes One from Cornell in Doubleheader
April 13, 2002
Erin Sweeney reached on a fielder's choice and then Varde was hit by a pitch. Lauren May followed with a three-run shot over the fence in left-center to give the Big Red an early 3-0 lead. Brown starter Erin Durlesser (Santa Monica, CA) got out of a one-out bases loaded jam later on in the inning but Cornell would add another run in the second on an RBI single to center field by senior Kristen Hricenak.
Brown earned its first run off Big Red starter Sarah Sterman in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly from Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) that plated Melissa Brown (Moreno Valley, CA) to cut the lead to 4-1. Sterman shut down the Brown lineup for the rest of her six innings of work, scattering a total of five hits to earn her tenth win. Freshman Alyssa Brune allowed a pair of unearned runs in the seventh, but held on to seal the victory.
After Varde was hit again by a Durlesser pitch in the fourth, she advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Hricenak single. In the next inning, Cornell would use the long ball again to up its lead as Sandra Alvarez ripped her fourth home run of the year well over the left field fence to give her team a 6-1 advantage. Brown would then commit a pair of errors, enabling another Big Red run to score, and May would follow with an RBI double to make it an 8-1 contest.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alison Pearl (Suffern, NY) would reach on a fielder's choice, which allowed Candace Toth to score. With the score at 8-2, Julia Iudicello (McLean, VA) would single to right field, and drive in Brown's final two runs of the game.
In the second game of the day, the Bears used a late rally in the bottom of the sixth, to earn a 3-2 win. The Cornell offense would strike first in game two as Melissa Cannon led off the game with a single and was advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Sweeney. Varde singled and May notched her sixth RBI of the day with a single past the reach of the Brown shortstop, plating Cannon for an early 1-0 lead.
The Bears would respond in the bottom half of the inning as Laura Leonetti (Fresno, TX) led off with a double and reached third on the play on an error by May. Leonetti scored on a passed ball to tie the contest at one, but Big Red starter Nicole LePera got a pair of flyouts and a strikeout with two runners on base to get out of the jam. Brown threatened to score in the second, loading the bases with two outs, but LePera got Cara Howe (Missouri City, TX) to pop up to second baseman Julie Staub.
After both pitchers kept the opposing batters quiet through five innings, Cornell would retake the lead in the sixth as Hricenak led off with a walk. After a fly out and a strikeout, senior tri-captain knocked in pinch runner Billie Boles with a triple that went in and out of Lauren Wong's glove at the fence in right field. Cornell's 2-1 lead would not last long, as the Bears would come back with a double by Melissa Brown to start things off in the bottom of the inning. Brown reached third on a sacrifice bunt and scored the tying run on a fielder's choice. After the Big Red was unable to turn a double play to end the inning, the Bears took advantage with a single by Leonetti that plated Lizzie Buza (Houston, TX) for the game-winning run.
Freshman Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) pitched a complete game for Brown, giving up seven hits while walking only one, to earn her second win of the year. Sterman came in relief of LePera in the sixth and suffered the loss to drop to 10-6.
Brown (7-16, 2-4) returns to action on Thursday April 18, for a 3:00pm contest at Fairfield University.