PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Annie Scarangella hit a pinch-hit, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, but Brown University softball fell to Holy Cross, 4-3, on Thursday at the Brown Softball Field in the last contest of its six-game home stand.
Facing, a 4-1 deficit entering the last of the seventh, the Bears (11-20) rallied with two runs and placed a runner on third base before the visiting Crusaders (7-20) escaped with the win.
Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) extended her hitting streak to 13 games with a single alongside a run while sophomore Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) went 2-for-3. Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) and junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) provided the Bears' RBIs.
The Bears' pitching staff did not allow an earned run on the day. In the start, junior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) threw 3.0 innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits with two strikeouts. In relief, sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) permitted three unearned runs on three hits with four strikeouts over 4.0 innings in the loss (5-7).
The Crusaders' Alexandra Held took the win (5-7), conceding three runs, all earned, on six hits with one strikeout in a complete-game 7.0 innings. Mandy McCarthy hit a two-run home run for the Crusaders in the top of the fifth.
After the visitors went ahead 1-0 in the top of the first with an RBI single from Taylor Moss, Brown responded in the last of the fourth as Metzger drove a sacrifice fly to center field to score Okimoto.
The Crusaders took a 3-1 edge in the top of the fifth on McCarthy's two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field. Holy Cross made it 4-1 in the top of the seventh as Moss brought home a run with a ground out.
Brown rallied in the bottom of the seventh beginning with a one-out double to left center from Metzger. After senior Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) singled into left field to put runners on first and third, Scarangella laced a double down the right field line to score a pair. The Crusaders recorded the next two outs, including registering an out at the plate.
Holy Cross took the season series 2-1. The teams split their previous two match-ups as the Crusaders gained a 7-2 decision on Mar. 25 and Brown won 7-5 on Mar. 26.
As part of the continued celebration of the new Brown softball field, the Bears welcomed Brown Professor of Biology Ken Miller, Brown Class of 1970, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. An award-winning researcher and widely published author, Miller's research focuses on cell membrane structure and function. A member of the Brown faculty since 1980, Miller serves as a part of the Campus Life Subcommittee on Athletics and Physical Education and as a faculty dean liaison for the men's swimming & diving and water polo teams.
Next, Brown opens Ivy League North Division play with a pair of doubleheaders at Dartmouth on Saturday, Apr. 15 and Sunday, Apr. 16 with both game days starting at 12:30 p.m.