PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman shortstop Kaitlin Okimoto extended her hitting streak to eight games, but Brown University softball fell to crosstown rival Providence College, 10-0, in five innings on Wednesday afternoon at Brown Softball Field.
The Bears (9-17) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with no outs, but the visiting Friars (10-18) escaped the jam, plated seven unearned runs in the top of the second, and added three more in the top of the third on their way to the win.
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 2-for-3 to pace the Bears at the plate. Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.), sophomore Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.), and senior Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.) each tallied one hit.
For the Friars, Brittany Veler finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a triple, Paige Mulry posted a 3-for-3 effort with three RBIs, and Vanessa Portillo went 3-for-4 with a triple.
Christina Ramirez earned the win (8-9), tossing a complete-game shutout and allowing five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 5.0 innings.
Brown loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first behind a pair of walks from Okimoto and Venegas prior to a single from Andrews before Ramirez recorded three straight outs to work out of the jam.
The Friars answered with seven unearned runs in the top of the second with a two-run single to left field from Mulry, a two-run triple to right field from Veler, and an RBI triple to center from Portillo highlighting the frame.
PC brought home three runs in the away half of the third inning with a two-run single to left field from Veler capping the scoring.
In the circle, senior Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving up four hits. Freshman Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) took the loss (1-3), permitting six unearned runs on six hits over 1.2 innings.
As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown softball field, the Bears welcomed Carolyn Thornton '90 to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. A two-time First Team All-Ivy honoree, Thornton helped lead Brown to the 1990 Ivy League Championship. After graduation, she became the first full-time female sports writer at the Providence Journal, where she enjoyed a career spanning over 25 years.
Next, Brown hosts its first Ivy League home games of the season when the Bears take on Columbia in a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. before facing Penn in a twin bill on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m.