How it Happened
Rhode Island (6-29) could not keep up with the Brown offense as it dropped both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday. Brown (13-24) won the first game, 15-6 in six innings before winning the second game 9-2. The second game also went six innings, getting called due to darkness.
Game 1 – Brown 15, Rhode Island 6 (6 inn.)
Both teams were active early, as Brown scored twice in the top of the first inning on a two-run home run from Annie McGregor. Rhody cut the deficit in half when Kylie Shivery's double drove in Jenna Cubello in the bottom of the inning. The Rams tied it in the next inning when Paige Julich scored on Marylynn Muldowney's single up the middle.
In the top of the third, Brown broke the game open with a six-run outburst. Four of the runs were unearned, as the Bears scored four times after a misplayed fly ball with two outs extended the inning.
The Rams chipped away with a solo home run by Shivery in the third inning, and then got three more runs in the fourth. Shivery drove in one run with a groundout and Erika Yeager added a two-run single to cut the deficit to 8-6.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Rams appeared on the verge of completing the comeback when Bri Castro walked and Muldowney reached on an error that put two runners in scoring position with no outs. However, three groundouts left the runners stranded. When Brown put together a seven-run rally in the top of the sixth – highlighted by a two-run home run by Cat Seitz and a three-run double by McGregor, the game was essentially put out of reach.
Game 2 – Brown 9, Rhode Island 2
Brown scored in each of the first three innings, steadily building a 4-2 lead. Then the Bears put the game away with three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Rhode Island managed just four hits off of Gina Chieffallo (1-0) as it struggled to get its offense on track in the second game.
Inside the Box Scores
- Junior Paige Julich had four hits on the day, including three doubles. She also drove in one run and scored once.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney doubled, singled, walked, had a sacrifice hit, scored once and drove in one run. She had a .750 on-base percentage, reaching safely three times in four plate appearances.
- Junior Kylie Shivery drove in three runs on the day, giving her 71 for her career. She is now tied for 10th place in program history with Leah DiBussolo (2007-10) and Sue Kessler (1995-97).
- Shivery had a home run and a double while scoring twice.
- Junior Brianna Heller recorded her first hit as a Ram, delivering a pinch hit single during the second game.
- Freshman Caileigh Holland singled and scored one run in the first game.
Stat of the Day
5 – Brown hit five home runs on the day, including two from Kaitlin Okimoto. The Bears have hit 11 home runs in their last four games after hitting 18 in their first 33 games of the season.
Rhode Island heads to Dayton for a three-game Atlantic 10 series this weekend. First game is Saturday at noon.