April 29, 2003

Softball Bounces Back From 8-6 Loss With 6-0 Shutout Victory Over Providence

April 29, 2003

Providence, RI - The Brown softball team split a doubleheader match with cross-town rival Providence College on Tuesday Apr. 29. The Friars edged out the Bears in the first game 8-6 but Brown rebounded with a 6-0 shutout in game two. The Bears are now 16-20 overall on the season.

The Bears scored one run in the second, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to earn a 6-0 shutout victory over PC in game two. Sophomore Uchenna Omokaro allowed no runs on five hits with three strikeouts for her seventh win of the season.

The Friars walked home a run in the second to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Rachel Fleitell began a rally in the fifth with a single to third base. Junior Laura Leonetti followed up with a single to second base, beating the throw to first. Freshman Jaimie Wirkowski knocked in her team-leading 23rd RBI with a single to center field. Junior Melissa Brown scored Leonetti with a sacrifice fly to put Brown up 3-0.

Brown broke the game open in the sixth, scoring three runs on three hits and one error. Brown scored its first run of the inning on the error. After singles by Omokaro and Leonetti, Wirkowski drove in her 24th RBI of the season with a single down the left field line. Brown took a 6-0 lead when senior Erin Durlesser, playing in her final home game, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Fleitell finished the game 2-2 at the plate while Wirkowski went 3-4 and Leonetti went 2-3. Durlesser and fellow senior Lauren Wong, also playing in her final home game, added hits for the Bears as well.

Brown took a 2-0 advantage in the opening frame despite game one being its fifth game in just three days. Leonetti singled to left center, advancing Omokaro, who reached on an error, to third. Wirkowski followed up with an RBI single that scored Omokaro. Sophomore Candace Toth scored Leonetti on a sacrifice fly to give Brown a 2-0 edge.

The Bears added one more run in the second inning when Omokaro singled and stole second. Brown ripped a single to left field and Omokaro eventually scored on an error to give Brown a three run lead.

The Friars rallied back with two runs in the third and five in the fourth to grab a 7-3 lead. Elena Romero brought in two runs when she singled into the gab in right-center field in the third. Kalena Petersen led off the fourth with a single for Providence. After an RBI single by Jackie Karsnia and a fielder's choice that scored Nicole Hull, Romero recorded her third and fourth RBI's of the game with a double to right field to give the Friars a 6-3 lead. The Friars added one more run before the end of the inning to take a 7-3 advantage.

The Bears cut the lead to three in the fifth with an RBI double by freshman Marcia Abbott. The Friars regained a four run lead with a run in the top of the sixth. Brown rallied in the bottom of the sixth with two runs batted in by Toth but fell short in the end.

Sophomore Marissa Berkes, who came in to relieve Abbott on the mound with one out in the third, took the loss on the mound. In 1.0 inning, she allowed five runs on three hits. Abbott re-entered the game with one out in the fourth and allowed the Friars just one run, unearned, the rest of the way. Abbott pitched a total of 6.0 innings and allowed five hits and just one earned run.

Leonetti, Wirkowski and Brown all went 2-4 at the plate. Toth drove in three runs with one hit. Durlesser went 1-1 while Omokaro and Abbott added hits as well. Senior Katie Tone totaled three putouts and four assists on the day at the third base position, giving her 108 putouts and 332 assists for her career.