Bears Drop Two Close Games to Cornell, 14-10 and 13-12

It was a slug-fest in Ithaca, New York on Saturday, as the Brown softball team dropped a pair of games to the Big Red of Cornell by scores of 14-10 and 13-12, despite racking up 24 hits in the two contests. The Bears fall to 2-20 overall, 0-2 in the Ivy League, while the Big Red improve to 18-11 overall, 4-0 in the league.

Going into the third inning with no score in the opening game, Brown racked up seven hits to score eight runs and jump out to a big lead. Cara Howe (Missouri City, TX) and Tami Parrott (Wantage, NJ) led the entourage with a double apiece and a combined three RBI. Unfortunately, the Big Red answered quickly by getting nine of their own runs in the bottom of the inning, led by Melissa Cannon and Allison Batten, who each smacked a homerun and combined for six RBI.

Cornell scored four more in the fifth inning when Cannon struck again at the plate, this time nailing a grand-slam homerun to center field. The Bears got two more runs in the top of the seventh, led by Parrott and Julia Iudicello (McLean, VA) who each had a double, but they could not overcome the deficit, as Brown lost its first Ivy contest of the year by a 14-10 score.

Aleana Sutton (West Hartford, CT) picked up her first loss on the mound this season after taking over for Erin Durlesser (Santa Monica, CA) in the third inning.

The second game proved to have just as many hits and was even closer – the Big Red pulled away with a victory only after getting three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Howe was on fire at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 with two homeruns, scoring three runs and driving in three. Angie Galt (Silver Spring, MD) matched her great numbers, hitting the first homerun of her young Brown career while hitting 3-for-5, scoring three and driving in three runs. Melissa Brown (Moreno Valley, CA) also had an excellent outing and hit 4-for-5 at the plate.

Sutton earned her second loss in the mound, entering the game for starter Ellie Blake (Downers Grove, IL) in the sixth inning.

The Bears will face their next Ivy competition tomorrow, April 8, when they face Columbia in New York for a doubleheader at noon.