April 23, 2009
Smithfield, RI - The Brown University softball team (12-22, 5-11 Ivy) earned a split in a doubleheader against Bryant University (9-27) this afternoon. Brown fell 11-3 in six innings in game one, but then rallied back to defeat the Bulldogs 13-7 in game two.
Bryant jumped out to an early lead as the Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Samantha Houseal held the Bears scoreless for four consecutive innings, before Bruno brought its deficit to two by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to put the score at 5-3.
Freshman Elaina Atherton (Sammamish, WA) started off Brown's offense in the fifth inning with a bunt, as junior Katie Rothamel (Brentwood, TN) walked. Senior Kelsey Wilson (Monterey, CA), Brown's leader in RBI with 25, blasted a double to right field to bring in two runs. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the frame to extend its lead to 7-3. Houseal shut down the Bears in the sixth as the squad was able to secure four more runs in the sixth to end the game 11-3 in six innings.
Senior Michelle Moses (Cooper City, FL) received the loss at the mound for the Bears, moving her record to 5-6 on the season. Moses gave up all 11 runs on 14 hits, and stuck out seven Bulldog batters. Houseal improved to 9-23 on the year, allowing the Bears to just five hits and gave up three runs.
The Bears came roaring back in game two, as the squad tallied 18 hits to defeat Bryant 13-7. Wilson hit 3-of-5 with three runs and three RBI and Rothamel went 3-of-5 with three runs and two RBI to lead the hot-hitting Bears.
Barrett received the loss at the mound moving to 0-4 this season, as the Bears picked up three runs in the first and five in the second to take an early 8-0 lead. Rothamel began the game with a double to right field as Wilson followed it up with a homerun, her second of the season, to put the score at 2-0. With two outs, freshman Kate Strobel (Denver, CO) singled and junior Andrea Browne (Vineland, NJ) arrived on first after being hit by a pitch. Freshman Trish Melvin (Wexford, PA hit an RBI single to score Brown's third run of the inning. The Bulldogs' Barrett was relieved at the mound by Houseal after just two innings, exiting the field giving up eight runs on 11 hits and striking out just two batters.
The Bulldogs weren't going to go down without a fight, as the team came back in the second to score four runs, and notched another in the third to cut its deficit to three. Wilson led off in the fourth inning with a single to right field and went on to steal second base. Freshman Jackie Giovanniello (Floral Park, NY) walked as Strobel moved the base runners with a sacrifice bunt. Wilson crossed home plate on a wild pitch, and Melvin singled up the middle to tally another run as the Bears gained a 10-5 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Brown got its bat going again in the fifth scoring three more runs. Wilson smacked another double to center field to tally the first run, as Strobel followed with a double to center to bring home two Brown base runners extending the score to 13-5. Junior pitcher Jessica Iwasaki (Cupertino, CA) allowed Bryant to just one more run in the fifth and another in the seventh to earn 13-7 victory. She picked up her second win of the year to improve to 2-6, and pitched her first complete game. She gave up seven runs on 10 hits, walked one, and struck out three batters.
Brown will travel to New Haven for a doubleheader against Yale beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and will then host the Bulldogs at the Erickson Athletic Complex on Sunday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m. The Bears will also honor its two seniors, Kelsey Wilson and Michelle Moses, on Sunday when they take on Yale, who will be playing in their final games of their career.