April 17, 2005
New York, NY - Sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) started off this afternoon's doubleheader series with the Lions, like she did in Saturday's doubleheader match-up with the Big Red, hitting a two run homer over the left field wall, in the top of the first inning for an early Brown lead. Behind Jenkins' two run shot the Bears cruised to a 3-0, game one victory, but could not overcome a three run fourth inning by the Lions, falling 4-2 in the nightcap. The Bears are now 8-13-1, overall on the season and 2-6 in the Ivy League standings.
Freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL) got Brown started in the first inning, taking a pitch and firing back at the pitcher for a single. Pierre-Louis was moved over by junior Jaimie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ), who grounded out to the second basemen. Jenkins then stepped to the plate and hit her third home run of the season, second of the weekend, over the left field fence for the early two run lead.
In another dominant performance on the mound for the Bears, senior co-captain Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) held the Lions to only two hits in seven innings striking out two in her sixth victory of the season. Omokaro had the first three out of four batters retire striking out one in the first two innings.
Brown was able to tack on a third run in the top of the third, when junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) drew a one out walk and advanced to third on a Pierre-Louis single to right field. Pierre-Louis stole second to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Wirkowski loaded the bases on a walk, bringing Jenkins to the plate. Jenkins hit her third RBI of the game, bringing in Fleitell on the fielder's choice and giving Brown a three run lead. That would be all Omokaro needed, as she cruised to 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth for the victory.
In game two, the Lions took an early one run lead in the second inning. The Bears quickly answered in the top of the third, knotting the game at 1-1. Senior Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) reached first on a fielder's choice and put herself in scoring position, when she stole second. Fleitell recorded the RBI, when she hit a two out single to left field, scoring Berkes and tying the score at one.
The Bears could not overcome an three run fourth inning, in which Columbia recorded their three runs on three hits and two costly Bear errors.
In the top of the fifth Berkes helped the Bears get back a run, when she crossed the plate on a single to right field by Pierre-Louis. That would be it for Brown as the Lions pitcher retired the next five of six batters for the 4-2 victory. Berkes recorded the loss for Brown, giving up four runs on six hits, striking out two in the loss.
The Bears will travel to Fairfield Tuesday, April 19, for a non-conference 3:00 PM, doubleheader match-up with the Stags.