Wilson's 11th Inning Single Gives Bears Sweep Over Yale
May. 1, 2005
New Haven, CT - Junior Sarah Wilson (Rancho Sante Fe, CA) recorded the game winning single in the top of the 11th inning, in game two for a 3-2 victory, giving the Bears a doubleheader sweep over Yale this afternoon, in New Haven, CT. Behind junior Rachel Fleitell's (Nutley, NJ) two home runs, the Bears cruised to a 5-0 game one victory over the Bulldogs earlier in the afternoon.
Freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL)got the Bears started in the first inning, hitting a one out triple to right field and was brought in on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior Jaimie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ) for Brown's first run.
Fleitell padded the Bear's lead to two, when she recorded her first of two home runs in the third inning, hitting the ball over the left field fence for the 2-0 lead after three innings of play.
In the sixth inning, freshman Amy Baxter (Hollister, CA) recorded her third home run of the season, hitting a two out, two run shot to left center field, for a four run lead. Fleitell tacked on another run for the Bears in the top of the seventh inning, when she hit her second solo home run of the game, giving Brown a 5-0 lead.
Senior Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA) improved to 9-6 on the season, getting the victory in the circle for the Bears pitching the complete seven innings, giving up only three hits, fanning three batters in her second shut out victory of the season.
In game two, Yale struck first, breaking the scoreless tie, in the bottom of the third inning for the 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth inning when Brown cashed in on an error for a 2-1 lead after five and a half innings of play. Sophomore Melissa Ota (Irvine, CA) hit a lead off double to right field and advanced to third on an inning field single by senior Marissa Bereks (El Segundo, CA). The Bears loaded the bases one batter later, when Fleitell was hit by a pitch. With two outs and bases loaded the Bears were able to captialize on a throwing error by the Bulldogs second baseman having Ota and Berkes come across the plate for the 2-1 lead.
In the following inning the Bears looked to increase their lead having bases loaded with no one out on three consecutive singles by sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA), Baxter and Ota. But the Bulldogs had Omokaro hit into a double play, throwing Jenkins out at home and Omokaro out at first and Wilson recorded the third out on a batter's interference, ending the threat for Brown.
The Bulldogs tied the score at two, in the bottom of the sixth, on an unearned run off a Brown error to send the game into extra innings.
After a defensive battle in the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth, the Bears got the go ahead run in the top of the eleventh on a single from Wilson to put Brown ahead by one. Ota hit a two out single to put the go ahead run on and was put in scoring position on a single from Omokaro. Ota crossed the plate when Wilson hit her third RBI of the season to bring in the winning run for Brown.
That would be all Berkes needed as she held the Bulldogs to only one hit in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the win for the Bears. Berkes went the distance for Brown pitching all eleven innings, sacrificing two runs on ten hits, striking out three in the victory.
The Bears closed out the 2005 season with a 14-18-1 record overall and 6-8 record in conference play.