September 25, 2000

Softball Opens Fall Season at UConn Tournament

(Sept. 25, 2000) -- The Brown softball team faced its first competition of the year this past weekend when they played three games in the University of Connecticut Fall Tournament. They ended up 1-2, defeating Boston University and falling to both Seton Hall and Long Island University.

On Friday, September 22, the Bears matched-up against Boston University for their first game, which they ended up winning by a score of 10-2. Brown had 11 hits off of Robin King, the losing pitcher for the Terriers, and committed only one error in the winning effort. Four different Bears went 2-4 in the game: Tami Parrott (Wantage, NJ), Lauren Wong (Mountain View, CA), Melissa Brown (Moreno Valley, CA), and winning pitcher Erin Durlesser (Santa Monica, CA). Megan Nicolay (Center Sandwich, NH) led the Bears in RBI's with three. Boston University ended up with six hits and four errors in the loss.

In the second game on Friday night, Brown fell to Seton Hall by a score of 7-2. The Bears couldn't find their offense as they had only four hits in the contest, with Laura Leonetti (Fresno, TX) going 2-4 at the plate. Seton Hall came up with 13 hits against losing pitcher Ellie Blake (Downers Grove, IL) and pitcher Aleana Sutton (West Hartford, CT), who threw for three innings in the defeat. Splitting time at the catching position for Brown were senior Sara Rowbottom (Norridgewock, ME) and freshman Angie Galt (Silver Springs, MD).

In the third and final game, played Saturday morning, Brown was shutout by Long Island University 5-0. It all came down to defense in this competition, as Brown had only five hits and Long Island had only four. Unfortunately, Brown faltered and committed six errors in the field, while their opponent had none. Batting 1-3 in this game for the Bears were Parrot, Durlesser, Leonetti, Rowbottom, and Wong. Sutton was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs, while Blake also threw and gave up one run.

The softball team has only one more fall tournament, which will be held at the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, October 7. The first game starts at 12:00 noon and the second game begins at 2:00 p.m.