Brown Softball Drops Two to Harvard

April 19, 2009

Box Score

Providence, RI - n the final day of a four-game series, the Brown University softball team (11-21, 5-11 Ivy) dropped two games to Harvard (24-14, 10-6 Ivy) on Sunday afternoon at the Erickson Athletic Complex. The Crimson defeated the Bears 11-0 in six innings in game one, and followed it up with a 12-2 six-inning victory in game two. Junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) led the offense today batting .600 from the plate, as she went 3-of-5 with one RBI.

After three scoreless innings for both Brown and Harvard, the Crimson tallied four runs in the top of the fourth and three more in the fifth to gain a 7-0 advantage against the Bears during the first game.

In the top of the fourth inning, a double to center field by senior Bailey Vertovez scored Harvard's first two runs of the game and a single by junior Stephanie Krysiak brought in the third. Sophomore Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) walked in the team's fourth and final run of the inning, and was then replaced by senior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) at the mound.

The Crimson shut down the Bears again in the fifth, as Jennifer Francis began the inning with a solo homerun to increase the lead to 5-0. Two Brown errors then led to a two-run in the field homerun by Henderson to increase the score to 7-0.

With the bases loaded in the sixth, Melissa Schellberg doubled to right center field to bring in Harvard's next three runs. Vertovez's single to center field notched Harvard's 11th run of the game to earn the win, 11-0.

Rachel Brown earned the win at the mound to improve to 14-5 on the season, allowing the Bears to just two hits while striking out six batters in her five innings pitched. Chaddock (2-5) received the loss in 3.2 innings on the mound, giving up four runs on five hits.

In the second game, senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) sent a double to right center to score Bruno's first run of the day in the bottom of the first inning and freshman Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) followed up with a single up the middle to score Wilson to take a 2-0 lead.

The Crimson had runners on second and third when Schellberg hit an RBI single to score Harvard's first run of the game off sophomore pitcher Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA). Hayley Bock's bunt down the third base line brought home the tying run, and another bunt by Krysiak tallied another run to take a 3-2 lead with two outs. The Crimson added another run in the third inning after a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-2. The Bears had some scoring opportunities in the bottom of the inning as Browne's bunt with two outs in the third inning loaded the bases. But that was as close as Bruno would come, as the team ended the inning on a strikeout.

Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA) came in to relieve Iwasaki at the mound with two runners on and no outs in the fourth. Melvin loaded the bases after walking Krysiak and Ellen Macadam smashed a double to the center field fence to bring in two more Harvard runs, putting the score at 6-2 when sophomore Kristie Chin (Katy, TX) checked into the game for Melvin at the mound.

Francis singled to left field to bring in two more runs, and Schellberg followed it up with another RBI single to extend its lead to 9-2. Harvard continued to build a lead and had a 12-2 advantage in fifth inning. The Bears placed runners on second and third base, but Harvard's Julia Moore shut down Bruno's offense to end the game.

Iwasaki received the loss to go 1-6 on the season, giving up six runs on eight hits. The Crimson's Dana Roberts improved to 4-1 on the year, pitching three innings and allowing just two runs on six hits.

The Bears are back in action on Thursday, April 23, when they challenge Bryant University, and then head to Yale for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26.