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Bears bested by URI in doubleheader

The women's softball team (6-18, 3-5 Ivy) fell to in-state rival University of Rhode Island (16-19) Wednesday afternoon at the URI Softball Complex. The Bears narrowly lost to the Rams 2-1 in the first game, before being routed 10-1 in five innings in game two.

The first game started out with three scoreless innings. At the top of the fourth, shortstop Stephanie Thompson '13 hit a solo homerun to give Brown a 1-0 lead. Bruno held this lead for another two innings, and just when it looked like the Bears were going to come out on top, the Rams scored two runs at the bottom of the seventh to steal the win.

"I thought we let the first game slip through our fingers," said Head Coach Deedee Enabenter-Omidiji. "Our freshman pitcher (Denise van der Goot '15) dominated their lineup, very few runners got on and we were holding on to a 1-0 lead, but it felt much more like a five-run lead. We weren't able to finish the game, and that's something that has been emphasized lately." 

In the second game, the Rams held a 3-1 lead over the Bears after three innings and added another seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the game early. 

Thompson, who currently leads the country in batting average, tallied the only run in game two - her second homerun of the day - at the top of the first inning. "Steph Thompson had another good day at the plate," Enabenter-Omidiji said. "However, not enough of the other players made enough contributions."

The team's goal going into its next few conference games is to move up in the Ivy League and improve its competitiveness this weekend. "We will be tested this weekend with Dartmouth," Enabenter-Omidiji said. "I believe the team has shown some terrific fight in some contests. We are going to have to rely on that same competitive spirit to get through the weekend." 

The Bears will host the Big Green in doubleheaders this weekend.


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