April 22, 2006

Softball Splits With Cornell

April 22, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - On a cloudy and brisk day in Providence, the Bears earned an Ivy League split with Cornell, falling to the Big Red 5-3 in game one, but came from behind to take game two 3-1. Senior Mary Seid hit a one out double in the bottom of the sixth to bring in two runs, before crossing the plate herself on an error by Cornell's second baseman later in the inning. The Bears now stand at 16-24 overall and 4-6 in Ivy play.

In game one both teams capitalized on defensive errors to bring runners in, as Brown cashed in on an error by the centerfielder in the second and Cornell brought two in a run in the fourth and fifth inning.

The Bears took an early two run lead after two, on two out single by freshman Ava Amini bringing freshman Kelsey Wilson and junior Melissa Ota across the plate. Wilson and Ota drew back-to-back walks and sophomore Amy Baxter moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt.

The Bears struck again in the bottom of the third, bringing in their third run on a single to left field by Wilson to bring in senior Mary Seid. Seid made it to first on a lead-off walk and put herself in scoring position, stealing second a batter later.

Freshman Michelle Moses cruised through the first three innings, shutting down the Big Red's offense, facing ten batters and only allowing one hit and three strike outs.

After bringing in two runs in the top of the fourth inning, Cornell tied the score in the fifth bringing in the equalizer on a throwing error by Moses.

The Big Red was able to get to Moses in the top of the seventh, hitting three doubles to take a 5-3 lead. Freshman Kristin Schindler came in to relieve Moses with two down and a runner on second. Moses finished the 6.2 inning outing, sacrificing five runs, three earned, on five hits and struck out four.

The Bears threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners on with one out, as senior Rachel Fleitell was hit by a pitch and made her way to second on a single by Seid. That was as close as Brown would get as the next two batters recorded the final two outs ending game one 5-3 in Cornell's favor.

After five scoreless innings, the Big Red broke onto the scoreboard first, bringing in Samantha Hare for the 1-0 score.

The Bears who had 15 batters up and 15 batters down through the first five, came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning, as the Big Red was unable to get out of the inning due to errors by the right fielder and second baseman. Freshman Kari Best got the Bears going, hitting a lead-off single to left field and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Amini a batter later. Fleitell reached first on the first of two dropped flies by Cornell, putting the go ahead run on with one out. Seid's shot to center field rolled all the way to the fence, giving both Best and Fleitell plenty of time to come across the plate for the 2-1 lead. Seid came in two batters later when Wirkowski hit a bloop fly to shallow right field, where the Big Red's second baseman couldn't make the play bringing in Brown's insurance run.

Cornell threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, loading the bases with two outs and had their clean-up hitter Meghan Risica coming to the plate. But in relief, freshman Kristin Schindler got the four batter to fly out to right field for the final out.

The Bears will return to action tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Columbia Lions for a 1:00 p.m. Ivy League doubleheader match-up.