April 15, 2006
Providence, RI - Down 10-2, with two outs, in the bottom of the seventh inning, the softball team was able to rally, scoring nine runs in game two's coming from behind victory. The Bears split this afternoon's doubleheader with the Crimson, falling to Harvard 6-2 in game one. The Bears now stand at 12-22 overall and 2-4 in Ivy League play.
In game one Brown jumped out to a two run lead in the second inning as freshman Kelsey Wilson got things started with a double to left field with no one out. After a walk to junior Melissa Ota, sophomore Amy Baxter hit a shot to center field, bringing in Wilson and Ota for the Bear's two runs.
The Bears threatened again the next inning as senior Mary Seid hit a lead off infield single and Brown later loaded the bases with two down as Wilson and Ota drew walks. Brown was unable to cash in as Baxter went down looking ending the inning and the threat.
Harvard answered back in the fourth fifth and sixth innings as the Crimson were able to bring six runs across the plate in the two innings. Freshman Michelle Moses recorded pitching 5.2 innings surrendering seven hits and five runs.
Brown played catch up from the opening inning as Harvard went up 3-0 after one half inning of play. Senior Jaimie Wirkowski cut the deficit to two runs on a solo shot to left field bringing the score to 3-1 after one inning.
After a five run fourth by Harvard, giving the Crimson a 8-1 lead, Baxter was able to make up a run as she hit a solo home run of her own in the sixth giving Brown their second run of the afternoon. Wilson came into pitch in relief in the middle of the fourth inning, relieving freshman Kristen Schindler who allowed eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings on the mound.
The Bears showed their resilience in the final inning as they clawed their way back into the game and eventually won rallying on two outs. Seid made her way to first on an error by the Harvard shortstop and a batter later, Laabs was hit by a pitch putting two on with no outs. Brown's next two batters Wirkowski and Wilson popped up to the infield, putting Brown one out away from ending the game.
Ota started the rally, when she hit a three run homer over the left field wall, bringing Seid and Laabs and cutting the Harvard lead to 10-5. On a heads up play by Baxter, the second year catcher, was able to make her way to second after a fly ball to shallow left field, was dropped by the Crimson putting another Brown runner in scoring position. After back-to-back singles by junior Liz Anderson and freshman Ava Amini, Baxter made her way around the bases and brought in the Bears sixth run. Senior Rachel Fleitell loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch. Seid then doubled to left center, recording three RBI as Anderson, pinch runner Meghan Andrews and Fleitell all came in putting Brown back in striking distance 10-9.
With the tying run in Seid, standing at second Laabs came to the plate and hit a shot over the fence in right center to lift the Bears over the Crimson 11-10, to complete the seventh inning rally.
The Bears will return to action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Dartmouth in a 1:00 p.m. Ivy League doubleheader match-up.