Although the Bears' offense seemed to be on target in the first game, they dropped a close 7-6 contest due to some costly mistakes in the field. The Crusaders had help from a number of players at the plate, as six picked up at least one hit. Shortstop Shelly Richard (Fitchburg, MA) led the team with two hits and scored one run, while Lizz Curll (Worcester, MA) smacked a homerun and scored two for Holy Cross. Tami Parrott (Wantage, NJ) and Blair Smith (Independence, MO) led the Bears offensively, as Parrott hit 3 for 4 with a homerun and a double and Smith went 2 for 3 with two triples and 2 RBI. The Crusader's Nicole Vitti (Stamford, CT) picked up the victory on the mound after entering the game as a relief pitcher in the 2nd inning, while Brown's Erin Durlesser (Santa Monica, CA) picked up the loss while giving up only three earned runs.
Brown crushed Holy Cross 7-1 in the second contest, which ended in the bottom of the fifth inning due to darkness. Again, the offensive output was fairly even for both sides, with the Bears hitting nine and the Crusaders eight, but four Holy Cross field errors made the difference. Julia Iudicello (McLean, VA) hit 4 for 4 at the plate, scoring three of Brown's runs and earning 2 RBI on a triple. Lauren Wong (Mountain View, CA) was a perfect 2 for 2 with one double, Angie Galt (Silver Springs, MD) was 2 for 3 and Parrott was 1 for 1 with 2 RBI, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. Richard led the Crusaders again, going 2 for 2, while Curll was 2 for 3 in the second contest. Ellie Blake (Downers Grove, IL) earned the victory on the mound for Brown, giving up eight hits and one earned run in five innings.
The Brown softball team will travel to Texas A&M Corpus Christi this weekend for a three-day tournament before facing Southwest Texas on Monday.