April 16, 2008
Storrs, CT - The Brown softball team (6-20, 1-11) dropped a 7-3 decision to the University of Connecticut (20-6) this afternoon. Senior Linnea Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA) and sophomore Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) led the Bears offensively, each going two-for-three from the plate.
With junior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) beginning at the mound for the Bears, Connecticut tallied a run in the first inning when Danielle Del Ponte doubled down the left field line to score Justyne Roy who doubled to right. Bruno came right back to tie the score in the second, scoring when Anderson doubled to right center to bring in Browne who singled up the middle off UConn's Tricia Sullivan at the mound.
However, the Huskies picked up two more runs in the third inning when Allie Gendron singled up the middle to tally two RBIs and take a 3-1 lead. With freshman Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) now at the mound, UConn collected four runs in the fourth. Another pitching change for Bruno saw sophomore Jessica Iwasaki enter the game in the top of the fifth inning. Iwasaki finished the game, allowing just two hits in the eight batters she faced.
The Huskies made a change at the mound in the fourth inning, as Kristina Tolles came in for Sullivan. Tolles kept the Bears scoreless in both the fourth and fifth innings, but Brown got the bats going in the sixth, scoring two runs to cut its deficit to four.
Freshman Emily Chaddock started the rally with a single through the left side, as Browne reached first on a fielder's choice. With two outs, junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) got to first on an error by UConn's second baseman, as Anderson followed it up with a single down the right field line to score Browne. Then freshman Maria Macrina (Sherrill, NY) sent a single to left center to knock in Wilson to bring the score to 7-3. But the hole was too deep for the Bears to dig themselves out of, as the game ended 7-3.
Moses (5-10) received the loss at the mound, pitching 2.2 innings. She allowed five hits, gave up three runs, and struck out one batter. Tolles (2-0) received the win, striking out three Brown batters in four innings, and allowing five hits and just two runs.
Browne went two-for-three from the plate and scored three runs, while Anderson went two-for-three with two RBIs. Connecticut out-hit the Bears 12-18, as both teams tallied just one error during the game.
Brown will now travel to Boston this weekend, as they take on Harvard in a double header on both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m.