April 18, 2009

Sixth Inning Rally Leads Bears to 11-5 Victory over Harvard

April 18, 2009

Box Score

Providence, RI - A seven-run sixth inning rally helped lead the Brown softball team (11-19, 5-9 Ivy) to a victory against the visiting Harvard Crimson (22-14, 8-6 Ivy) on Saturday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex to earn a split during the first day of a four-game series. The Bears fell 9-6 in game one, and followed it up with an 11-5 win in the nightcap. Rookie Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) had an outstanding day at the plate for the Bears, hitting .375 on a 3-of-8 performance that included a double, two homeruns, five RBI and three runs scored.

In game one, Harvard lit up the scoreboard first when it tallied an unearned run in the first inning when Emily Henderson crossed home plate after a single by Ellen Macadam to take a 1-0 lead. The Bears came back strong in the third inning when freshman Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) doubled to the right field fence to bring in Brown's first two runs of the game to take a 2-1 lead. Then, senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) reached home after an error on Harvard's third baseman, Melissa Schellberg, to extend Bruno's lead to 3-1 heading into the fourth inning.

Harvard then tied the game in the top of the fourth inning when Haley Bock recorded a two-run homer. The Bears regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when sophomore Kristine Chin's (Katy, TX) single to left field brought in sophomore Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI), 4-3. Wilson had a nice shot to center field to bring in another run for the Bears, extending the team's lead to 5-3 heading into the fifth inning.

Senior pitcher Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) put two Crimson batters on base with just one out when sophomore Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) came in for relief at the mound. Harvard's Whitney Shaw hit a double to center field to bring in a run to cut its deficit to one, and with the bases loaded Iwasaki shut down Bock to end the inning.

The Crimson began the sixth inning with a double to left center, and went on to score four runs in the inning to take an 8-5. Harvard added another run in the top of the seventh to bring its lead to 9-5 as the Bears came up to bat in the bottom of the inning. Strobel smacked a solo homerun over the center field fence, but Harvard's Rachel Brown shut down the next three Brown batters to end the game in its favor, 9-6. Brown's record increased to 13-5 on the year, as she gave up just six runs on nine hits while striking out 10.

Iwasaki (1-5) was handed the loss, as she gave up five runs on five hits in 2.2 innings.

Freshman Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) began at the mound in game two, and walked in Harvard's first run of the game in the top of the first inning. But the Bears were able to notch three runs in the bottom of the first to gain control of the lead.

Strobel doubled down the right field line to bring home Wilson to tie the game 1-1, and junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) doubled to shallow left field to extend the team's lead to 3-1 to end the first.

Harvard tallied a run in the second inning to cut its deficit to one, as the Crimson defense held Bruno scoreless. Harvard went on to load the bases in the top of the third inning and went on to tie the game 3-3 after a passed ball, and then gained a 4-3 lead when Jennifer Francis brought in a run with a grounder to second base.

Brown's Rice was able to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs when she stole home after a passed ball. Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Chin sent a single to the outfield to bring home sophomore Danielle Comissiong (St. Thomas, VI) to give the Bears a 5-4 edge over the Crimson. Rothamel followed with a single to right field to load the bases for Wilson. Harvard's Bailey Vertovez came in to relieve Jessica Pledger at the mound, but walked Wilson to score its sixth run. Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) then hit a two RBI single down the right field line to increase Brown's lead to 8-4. Strobel crushed a three-run homer over the center field fence to put the score at 11-4.

Moses came in to close the game for Chin in the top of the seventh inning, but the Crimson answered back with an RBI double by Vertovez. Moses then shut down the next three batters to end the game.

Chin earned the win at the mound pitching one inning to allow just one run on three hits, while Harvard's Margaux Black received the loss giving up five runs in 4.2 innings pitched.

Also helping out Brown's offense was Mastrangelo with a 2-of-5 performance with two runs scored, followed by Wilson hitting 3-of-5 with a double, and also two RBI and three runs scored.

The Bears will matchup against Harvard in a doubleheader again tomorrow beginning at 12:30 p.m.