April 28, 2005
Providence, RI - The Bears fell to cross-town rival Providence 12-6 and 5-3 this afternoon in a non-conference doubleheader match-up at Erickson Field Athletic Complex. Brown now stands at 12-18-1 on the season and 4-8 in Ivy League play. This afternoon's match-up marked the final home competition for senior co-captains Marissa Berkes (El Segundo, CA) and Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA).
In game one, the Friars jumped out to a seven run lead after the first three and a half innings of play, getting two runs in the top of the first and tacking on five more in the third frame.
The Bears were able to close to the gap to three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, getting four runs on four hits, putting the score at 7-4 after the first three innings. Berkes got to first base on a walk putting a runner on with one out for Brown. With the singles from junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) and freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL), the Bears were able to load the bases with one down. Junior Jaimie Wirkowski's (Edison, NJ) right field single, brought in Berkes for Brown's first run, keeping the bases loaded for Brown. Sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA) cleared the bases, with a three RBI double to left center, cutting the Bear's deficit to three runs.
Providence got back three runs in the fifth and sixth innings putting the lead at 10-4, with the Bear's 3-4-5 batters set to come to the plate. Wirkowski hit a lead off single through the left side and was moved to second on a walk to Jenkins putting two runners on with no outs. Sophomore Melissa Ota (Irvine, CA) hit a one out double to right center field, bringing in Wirkowski for Brown's fifth run. Omokaro hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman, giving Jenkins time to come across the plate, for a 10-6 score. That would be it for the Bears as Friars tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh for the 12-6 final.
The Bears got the bats going early in game two, scoring two quick runs in the first for an early two run advantage. Fleitell hit a lead off single to right field and was moved to second buy Pierre-Louis, putting two runners on with no outs. Wirkowski hit a sacrifice bunt to move both Fleitell and Pierre-Louis in scoring position. Jenkins reached first on an error by the Friar's shortstop, loading the bases for Brown. Fleitell was brought in on a sacrifice fly to left field by freshman Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) for the Bear's first run. Omokaro brought in Pierre-Louis on an infield single to the shortstop to pad the Bear's lead to two runs.
Brown would put up another run later in the fourth, when sophomore Liz Anderson (Oak Hill, VA) hit a one out double to right field and was moved to third on a single by Fleitell. Anderson was brought in on an infield hit by Pierre-Louis for a 3-0 lead after four. That would be it for the Bears, as Providence took over from there scoring four runs in the fifth and adding an insurance run later in the sixth before the game was called at 8:00 PM due to darkness, giving Providence the 5-3 victory.
Berkes got the nod in both games pitching 13 innings giving up 17 runs on 26 hits, fanning five batters.
The Bears will wrap up their 2005 season this Saturday April 30, when they travel to New Haven, CT to take on Yale in a 12:00 PM, Ivy League doubleheader match-up with the Bulldogs.