Softball Plates 24 Runs to Power Past Rhode Island in Doubleheader, 15-6, 9-2

Softball Plates 24 Runs to Power Past Rhode Island in Doubleheader, 15-6, 9-2

KINGSTON, R.I. – Brown University softball recorded 24 runs, 23 hits, five home runs, and four doubles as it swept a non-conference doubleheader with the University of Rhode Island, 15-6 and 9-2, on Tuesday afternoon at the URI Softball Complex.

Facing off with their Ocean State rivals, the Bears (13-24) registered a .397 batting average and .514 on-base percentage on the day to beat the host Rams (6-29) in six innings in both games – due to the mercy rule in game one and due to darkness in game two. Brown swept a twin bill from URI for the first time since 2009.

Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) went 4-for-5 with four walks for a .889 on-base percentage between the two games while hitting two home runs – her fifth and sixth of the season. Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished the day 6-for-8 with a homer – her seventh of the year – three doubles, and six RBIs.

Sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) posted a 5-for-9 effort at the plate with six RBIs and a homer – her fourth of the campaign – while senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) launched her fifth homer of the year. Senior Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) threw a complete game and allowed just one earned run in the game two win.

The Bears have now tallied 11 home runs in their last four games.

Next, Brown returns to Ivy League play with a pair of home doubleheaders against Harvard on Saturday, Apr. 22 and Sunday, Apr. 23 with both game days beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Game 1: Brown 15, Rhode Island 6 (6 Innings)

Senior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.), sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.), and freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) each tallied a home run, three hits, and three or more RBIs as Brown defeated Rhode Island in game one, 15-6, in six innings.

The Bears scored six runs in the third and seven runs in the sixth while totaling six extra-base hits, including three home runs, en route to the mercy-rule win over the Rams.

McGregor finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs, and three runs scored. Okimoto went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs, three runs, and two walks while Seitz notched a 3-for-5 effort with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs.

Freshman Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) posted two RBIs and two runs scored while junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) notched a double, two runs, and two walks.

Freshman pitcher Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) earned Brown's first save of the season, not allowing a hit or run with one strikeout in 2.1 innings of relief. Junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) gained the win (6-8), throwing 3.2 innings in the start.

Brown went up 2-0 in the top of the first as McGregor sent a two-run homer – her seventh of the season – over the wall in left center. The Rams responded with one run in each of the first and second innings to tie the score at 1-1.

The Bears regained an 8-6 lead with six runs in the top of the third. Okimoto led off the inning with a solo homer – her fifth of the year – to left center. Seitz continued the scoring with an RBI single to right field before a pair of runs came home on an error. Okimoto capped the frame with a two-run single to left center.

The hosts scored once in the bottom of the third on a solo shot from Kylie Shivery and pulled within 8-6 in the last of the fourth on a two-run single from Erika Yeager.

The visitors erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead, 15-6. Seitz started the stanza with a two-run blast – her fourth homer of the season – prior to a two-run single through the left side from Blanchard. McGregor closed the inning with a three-run, bases-clearing double to center field. Waters recorded three straight outs in the bottom of the sixth to conclude the run-rule win.

Sarah Gunderson took the loss (2-11) for URI, allowing seven runs, four earned, on six hits over 2.2 innings in the start.

Game 2: Brown 9, Rhode Island 2 (6 Innings – Darkness)

Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) hit her second homer of the day, sophomore Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) drove in three runs, junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) went 3-for-4, and senior Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) launched a homer as Brown beat Rhode Island, 9-2, in six innings in a game two called due to darkness.

The Bears turned a 4-2 lead into a 9-2 edge with three runs in the top of the fifth and two runs in the top of the sixth to complete the sweep of the Rams.

Okimoto finished the game 1-for-2 with a homer, three runs, and two walks, McGregor scored three runs with a double and RBI as part of her 3-for-4 effort, Seitz went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Andrews posted a 2-for-4 performance with a homer, two runs, and an RBI.

In the circle, senior Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.) tossed a complete-game 6.0 innings, giving up just two runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts in the win (1-0).

Seitz gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, sending a two-run single up the middle. The Rams forced home a run on a walk in the bottom of the first to cut the margin to 2-1. 

Okimoto countered with a solo home run – the sixth of her rookie campaign – to left field in the top of the second. Andrews followed with a solo shot – her fifth homer of the season – over the wall in right center to push Brown ahead 4-1 in the top of the third. An RBI double from Paige Julich trimmed the hosts' deficit to 4-2 in the last of the third.

Brown extended its lead to 7-2 in the top of the fifth as two runs came home on an error before junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) plated a run with a single through the left side.

The Bears closed the game's scoring with two runs in the top of the sixth as McGregor placed an RBI single through the left side and Seitz knocked an RBI single up the middle.

In the start for URI, Becca Rogers absorbed the loss (1-12), hurling 5.2 innings and conceding nine runs, six earned, on 11 hits with seven strikeouts.