Ivy Co-Champion Bears Drop Two to Cornell In Ivy Playoff For NCAA Berth
May 8, 2004
The Ivy League co-champion Brown softball team dropped two games to Cornell on Saturday, May 8 in a battle for the Ivy League automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. The Bears lost 2-0 in game one, and 4-2 in game two. With the win, Cornell earns a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In game one, the game remained scoreless through four full innings of play. However, after several scoring opportunities, Cornell finally got on the board, 1-0, in the fifth.
The Big Red added a run in the seventh when they took advantage with the bases loaded to take a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.
The Bears had an opportunity in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second, but were called for their second runners' interference on the day.
Junior Uchenna Omokaro suffered the loss on the mound for Brown, scattering 11 hits and giving up two runs while striking out seven.
In game two, Cornell jumped on the Bears early, taking a 1-0 lead on a lead-off homerun in the first. The Big Red then added a run in the second on another lead-off homerun to take a 2-0 advantage over the Bears.
Brown loaded the bases in the third and tied the score, 2-2. Sophomore Mary Seid scored the Bears' first run on a fielders' choice by freshman Courtney Jenkins. Senior Melissa Brown tied the game for Bruno, scoring Laura Leonetti on a long fly ball to centerfield.
The Big Red regained the lead 4-2 in the fifth and shut the Bears down for the remainder of the game.
The Bears finished their season 19-20 and 10-4 in the Ivy League, claiming co-Ivy League Champion honors.