PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball claimed a 7-3 win over the University of Pennsylvania in game two after falling in game one, 5-3, in an Ivy League doubleheader at the Brown Softball Field on Saturday afternoon.
In the final games of their first Ivy home weekend, the Bears (11-19, 3-5 Ivy) posted 13 hits on their way to the win over the Quakers (14-12, 5-3 Ivy) in the nightcap after dropping the decision in the opener despite scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Between the two games, senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs, freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) extended her hit streak to 12 games with a 4-for-8 day, and junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished 3-for-7 with three RBIs and a triple.
Sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) earned her second Ivy win in as many outings, throwing a complete game in the game two victory.
As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown softball field, the Bears welcomed Brown Director of Athletics Jack Hayes to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the opening game and Brown Associate Director of Athletics, Meredith Scarlata to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the second game.
Next, Brown hosts Holy Cross for a single game on Thursday, Apr. 13 at 3:30 p.m. before opening Ivy League North Division play with a pair of doubleheaders at Dartmouth on Saturday, Apr. 15 and Sunday, Apr. 16.
Game 1: Penn 5, Brown 3
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit a two-run triple as part of a sixth inning rally, but Brown fell to Penn, 5-3, in the first game of the twin bill.
Trailing 5-0, the Bears struck for three runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Quakers repelled the comeback attempt to take the game one win.
McGregor paced Brown at the plate with her two-run triple while senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) tallied a hit, a run, and an RBI, and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) pushed her hitting streak to 11 games with a hit.
In the circle, Penn's Alexis Sargent gained the complete-game win (9-5), giving up three runs, all earned, on five hits with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings. At the plate, Jess England went 3-for-3 while Molly Oretsky drove in two runs.
The Quakers tallied two runs in the top of the second behind a pair of singles. The visitors added three unearned runs in the top of the fifth with a two-run single from Oretsky capping the scoring.
Brown rallied with two outs in the last of the sixth. Andrews brought home a run with an infield single before McGregor drove a two-run triple into right field to cut the Bears' deficit to 5-3.
Junior pitcher Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) took the loss (5-8), allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Freshman Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Game 2: Brown 7, Penn 3
Four different Bears notched multi-hit games, sophomore pitcher Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) threw a complete game, and Brown topped Penn in game two, 7-3.
The Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the third and three runs in the last of the fourth to turn a 1-1 tie into a 6-2 edge.
Senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run, freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) finished 3-for-4 with two runs, and junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) each registered two hits.
Wimmer hurled a complete-game 7.0 innings in the victory (5-6), permitting three runs, two earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts.
McGregor started the Bears off in the bottom of the first, sending an RBI single into right field. Penn tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second on an RBI single from Katie Petroski.
Brown pulled back in front in the bottom of the third as Seitz plated a run with a single through the left side, and junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) drove home Seitz with a double to left field to make the score 3-1.
After the Quakers cut the margin to 3-2, the hosts responded with three runs in the home half of the fourth as Andrews hit an RBI single and two more runs came home on wild pitches, pushing Brown ahead 6-2. Each team scored an unearned run in the final three frames.
Penn's Mason Spichiger absorbed the loss (2-4), surrendering three runs on seven hits over 2.2 innings.