New Orleans, LA – Senior Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA) turned in his best start of the season on Wednesday evening, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a New Orleans victory, as the Privateers took a low-scoring 5-3 game over Brown. A day after New Orleans scored 11 against the Bears, Boylan pitched five strong innings, allowing just three earned runs and striking out six.
Though the Privateers struggled to find a rhythm, Brown’s bats were equally quiet for much of the evening, as a host of New Orleans pitchers combined to hold the Bears to just four hits through the first eight innings. After a scoreless first frame, the home team put together a three-run second to take the lead, hitting two home runs in the inning to account for all three runs.
Both teams failed to cross home plate in the ensuing four innings, before the Privateers were able to eke out one more score in the bottom of the seventh, taking a 4-0 lead. As has become a habit in the young season though, Brown’s offense came alive in the late going, as the Bears scored a pair in their half of the eighth. A sloppy inning that saw three Privateer errors was highlighted by an RBI double from Pete Greskoff, cutting the lead to 4-2.
New Orleans added another home run in the bottom of the eighth, pushing the margin to 5-2 heading into the final inning. Bruno’s comeback bid continued in the ninth though. After putting a man on first with two outs, Brown put together a solid string of at bats, as senior Chris Tanabe drew a walk to put two men on. That was followed by an RBI double from junior Ryan Zrenda, pulling the Bears to within 5-3. However, Brown was not quite able to come all the way back, and New Orleans was able to hold on for the 5-3 victory.
Pictured: Ryan Zrenda '11. Photo by dspics.com.