New Orleans, LA – Brown (2-12) dropped a heartbreaker to the University of New Orleans (7-15) on Tuesday evening, falling 11-10 after the Privateers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to complete a comeback from what was at one point a 9-2 Brown lead. Junior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) led the way offensively for the Bears, going 2-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.
Brown got on the board first, scoring in each of the first four innings to take a 9-2 lead over New Orleans. After Greskoff kicked things off in the first with a two-run home run, the Bears added another in the second when Josh Feit scored on a throwing error. Feit was in the thick of things again in the third, hitting an RBI double to tack on another run for Bruno. Two batters later, senior Nick Punal added a two-run double of his own, pushing Brown’s advantage to 7-0.
On the mound, the Bears got some solid performances early in the game. Rookie Cooper Smith shut out New Orleans for the first two innings before tiring, though he still left the game after 3.2 with Brown leading. Sophomore John Murphy relieved him, and pitched with similar effectiveness, allowing just one unearned run over two frames.
Brown’s offense cooled as the game wore on though, and the Bears scored just one run over the final five innings to give the Privateers a chance for a comeback. New Orleans took advantage of the opening, scoring four in the fourth and adding one more in the sixth to pull to within 10-7 going into the final innings. In the bottom of the eighth, the Privateers hit a pair of two-run home runs, pulling ahead 11-10 and going on to steal the victory from the Bears.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow evening, when the Bears finish their two-game series against New Orleans at 7:30 p.m.