Late Runs Split Softball Twinbill at Brown
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Princeton's softball twinbill at Brown sure didn't lack for dramatic moments Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers scored twice in the seventh inning in game one to win 6-5 before a walk-off home run gave Brown a 2-1 win in 11 innings in game two.
With the split, Princeton is now 5-3 in the Ivy League and 9-20 overall, while Brown moved to 3-5 and 6-16. Following Saturday's play, Cornell leads the Ivy South division by two games in front of Princeton and Penn. Harvard has built a four-game lead over Brown in the Ivy North.
Divisional play will begin next weekend with Princeton hosting Penn Saturday and Sunday for four games and Cornell hosting Columbia.
Game 1: Princeton 6, Brown 5
The lead changed hands four times in Saturday's first game with Princeton scoring twice in the seventh to deliver a 6-5 win.
A single and a double, all with two outs, put Brown on the board 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, marking the Bears' last run before scoring four more times in the sixth.
Princeton answered with a pair of runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. Kelsey VandenBergh hit her second home run of the weekend, bringing home Alyssa Schmidt, to put the Tigers ahead 2-1 before three singles picked up two more runs to make it 4-1.
The lead stayed that way until Brown erupted in the sixth. A single and two errors preceded a three-run blast by Trish Melvin to make it 6-5 Brown.
Tory Roberts' one-out single brought home two runs in the top of the seventh, cashing in VandeBergh reaching on an error and Maddie Cousens reaching on a fielder's choice that erased a walk to Cara Worden. Alex Peyton then followed by retiring the Bears in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
Peyton (4-8) didn't walk a batter while giving up seven hits and earning four of the five runs. Denise van der Goot took the loss for the Bears, falling to 1-5 on the season after throwing 5 1/3 total innings.
Game 2: Brown 2, Princeton 1 (11 inn.)
Liza Kuhn and Jessica Cherniss each went the distance in an impressive pitchers' duel that lasted 11 innings before Alyssa Caplain hit a solo home run to make Brown a 2-1 winner.
Each team had its share of baserunners, Princeton leaving 11 and Brown nine, but neither team scored until the 10th inning.
An Alex Peyton double brought home a leadoff single by Nicole Ontiveros in the top of the 10th to get Princeton on the board, but Brown came through in the bottom half of the frame. Stephanie Thompson's solo home run extended the game for the Bears, and though Princeton threatened in the top of the 11th, another Brown home run won the game for the Bears.
Candy Button hit a two-out triple off Cherness (5-6), but was left there after a pop-up. Kuhn (4-8) was saved a baserunner when Avery Silverstein tried to stretch her single into a double, instead making the second out, but Caplan homered to give the Bears the win.
Princeton will host La Salle Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Class of 1895 Field before hosting Penn next weekend in the return to Ivy League play.