April 22, 2007
Cambridge, MA - The Brown softball squad (7-28, 1-15 Ivy) dropped two games to Harvard at Soldiers Field on Sunday afternoon. The Bears fell 3-0 in the first game, and followed it up with a 6-1 loss in game two.
Harvard got on the scoreboard first, when they were able to score two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Crimson scored its pair of runs when they put runners on first and third with two outs. Stephanie Krysiak began to steal second, as Jennifer Francis ran home to chalk up Harvard's first run. Krysiak was able to get out of a rundown by Brown and secure second base to keep the inning alive. A single by Julia Kidder brought home Krysiak and put the score up 2-0.
The Crimson came up with another run in the fifth, as Kidder got on base with a bunt down the first baseline. Lauren Brown singled, and advanced to second when Kidder tried to get to third, but the Bears were able to get her out. Harvard's Lauren Murphy then singled to center field, and scored Brown to make the score 3-0.
At the mound for Bruno was freshman Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) pitching five innings, and sophomore Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) came in for relief for one inning. Harvard's Dana Roberts nearly pitched a perfect game, facing 21 Brown batters, striking out two and allowing just one hit.
The Bears one hit came in the top of the sixth inning, and was by junior Linnea Anderson (El Dorado Hills, CA). Anderson singled to center field to start the inning, but unfortunately the Bears weren't able to come up with any more hits, falling to The Crimson, 3-0, in game one.
In game two, Brown held Harvard scoreless for the first three innings, with sophomore Kristen Schindler (Caldwell, NJ) at the mound. Schindler pitched 3.2 innings, facing 15 batters, struck out two, and allowed two runs in the fourth inning.
Harvard's Danielle Kerper singled through the ride side, and Melissa Schellberg walked. Next, Susie Winkeller's single to center field loaded the bases and Vertoez singled for one RBI. Brown's Iwasaki entered the game for Schindler on the mound, with bases loaded and just one out. Iwasaki walked Kidder, scoring another Harvard run, which put the score at 2-0 entering the fifth inning.
However, the Bears almost put runs on board in the following inning, as freshman Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) walked and was on second when freshman Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) singled to the right side. The Bears' next batter then hit a short grounder for the third out, and let another inning go by without scoring.
Three Harvard runs were tallied in the fifth, as Francis hit a homerun to center field to lead off the inning. The Bears' Moses relieved Iwasaki at the mound, but another run was quickly scored when the Bears' catcher Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) threw the ball to second as Harvard's Schellberg tried to steal. Schellberg was called out, but a Harvard runner on third advanced home, putting the score at 4-0. Then, Winkeller hit a homerun, making the score 5-0.
The Bears finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth, when sophomore Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA) doubled to right center and scored on a Crimson error, making the score 5-1. In the bottom of the inning, Harvard's Francis hit her second homer of the day, adding one more run, and eventually ending the game.
Brown will take on the University of Rhode Island for a doubleheader in Providence, on Tuesday, April 24 beginning at 3 p.m.