Brown Softball Secures Split with Harvard
April 20, 2008
Cambridge, MA - Amy Baxter's (Hollister, CA) RBI single to center field helped lead the Bears to a 7-6 eight-inning victory over Harvard in game one at Soldiers Field on Sunday afternoon. Bruno couldn't get the offense rolling in game two, falling to The Crimson, 6-0.
Harvard got off to a quick start, scoring three runs (including a homerun) in just the first inning of play this afternoon. After three scoreless innings for the Bears, Brown tallied its first run in the top of the fourth after sophomore Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) doubled to left field to score Baxter. But the Crimson picked up another two runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase its lead to 5-1.
Bruno got on the scoreboard again in the fifth, as junior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) got hit by a pitch to walk in pinch runner Danielle Comissiong (St. Thomas, VI). But Harvard fought right back and pushed its lead back up to four when Jennifer Francis homered to left center.
But the Bears showed their guts and clawed their way back into the game after freshman Lindsay Rice (Bradford, RI) helped spark Bruno's seventh inning rally en route to scoring four runs to tie the game. With one out, Rice singled to second base, as Baxter followed it up with a walk. Wilson came through again for Bruno with a single to right field to score Rice and put the score at 6-3. Then, freshman Emily Chaddock (Laguna Niguel, CA) walked, followed by a single by Browne to score two more runs, and an error by Harvard's center fielder brought in another run to tie the game.
In the top of the eighth inning, sophomore Brittany Lavine (Peoria, AZ) singled up the middle and was brought home by Baxter's single to center field to win the ballgame, 7-6. Brown's Chaddock (1-1) received the win at the mound, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing just two hits, as junior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) was awarded the save, pitching one inning and striking out one batter.
Harvard wasn't going to back down in game two, immediately scoring one run in the first inning when Murphy hit an RBI single. Then, the Crimson tallied five runs in the third inning to increase its lead to 6-0 and eventually win the game. Moses (5-12) was at the mound for Brown, pitching six innings and giving up six runs. She allowed nine hits, and struck out nine Harvard batters in receiving the loss.
Brown is back in action on Saturday, April 26, when it hosts Yale at 12:30 p.m. in a doubleheader, and then travels to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs on Sunday, April 27.