Softball Sweeps Past Hartford, Saint Peter’s at Pirate Invitational, 3-1, 18-7

Softball Sweeps Past Hartford, Saint Peter’s at Pirate Invitational, 3-1, 18-7

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Brown University softball defeated the University of Hartford, 3-1, and topped Saint Peter's University, 18-7, in five innings to sweep its final two games at the Pirate Invitational on Seton Hall University's Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field on Sunday.

In their third day at the Pirate Invite, the Bears (3-12) rallied past the Hawks (2-16) with three runs in the fourth inning before besting the Peacocks (0-7) for the second time on the weekend behind nine runs in the second stanza.

Between the two games, senior Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs, junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished 3-for-6 with a home run, four RBIs, and two runs, and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) tallied seven RBIs.

Next, Brown plays at the Stony Brook Tournament from Mar. 25-26. The Bears open play at the tournament on Saturday, Mar. 25 with games against Holy Cross (10:30 a.m.) and Stony Brook (12:30 p.m.).

Game 1: Brown 3, Hartford 1

Schoenewald, Okimoto, and junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) all registered RBIs as Brown beat Hartford, 3-1, in its fourth game at the Pirate Invitational on Sunday morning.

The Bears scored all three of their runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead and did not allow the Hawks to plate a run after the second inning.

Sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) threw a complete-game 7.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts in the win (2-4).

Schoenewald finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, and McGregor went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sophomore Annie Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) walked twice and scored a run.

Hartford's Bianca Ross (1-6) tossed a complete game, giving up three runs, all earned, on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout over 7.0 innings.

The Hawks scored first, bringing home a run on a first-and-third steal situation to go up 1-0 in the bottom of the second.

The Bears responded with their three runs in the top of the fourth. McGregor singled, Scarangella walked, and Wimmer singled to load the bases with one out. Schoenewald and Metzger followed with back-to-back RBI singles before Okimoto plated a run with a sacrifice fly.

Game 2: Brown 18, Saint Peter's 7 (5 Innings)

Six different Bears posted two or more RBIs as Brown beat Saint Peter's, 18-7, in five innings in its fifth and final game at the Pirate Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

The Bears plated nine runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and four in the fifth en route to their second win over the weekend over the Peacocks.

Okimoto went 3-for-5 with six RBIs, a double, and three runs scored while sophomore Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) posted a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with two RBIs and a run.

McGregor notched a three-run home run and finished with four RBIs, and Schoenewald hit a two-run homer. Andrews and Metzger each drove in two runs, and senior Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with four runs scored.

Junior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) pitched 2.2 innings in the start, allowing five runs on six hits with three strikeouts in the win (1-5). Senior Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.) threw 2.1 innings in relief, permitting one run on one hit with one strikeout.

After Saint Peter's took a 1-0 lead in the first, the Bears responded with nine runs in the top of the second to pull ahead 9-1. Metzger, Okimoto, and Andrews all tallied RBI singles to start the rally. McGregor followed with a three-run homer to left field, and Schoenewald answered with a two-run home run to center.

The Peacocks scored two runs in the second on a Storms homer before Venegas sent an RBI single up the middle to keep Brown up 10-3. SPU made it 10-5 with a three-run homer from Storms in the last of the third.

Brown countered with four runs in the top of the fourth as Metzger, Okimoto, Andrews, and McGregor all plated runs on a combination of singles, walks, and ground outs.

The Bears tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth as Okimot hit a three-run double to left center and Venegas followed with an RBI single up the middle. Haley Connors homered in the last of the fifth before Brown closed the game.

The Peacocks' Crystal Carlucci took the loss (0-2) conceding 14 runs, two earned, on 10 hits with one strikeout over 3.2 innings. Samantha Storms went 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBIs, and two runs scored.