Philadelphia, PA – The Brown baseball team kicked off its Ivy League season on Saturday afternoon, earning a road split against Penn, winning the second game 11-5 after dropping a tough 8-6 opener. Sophomore Mike DiBiase had a big day at the plate, going 5-6 with three RBI’s and two walks over the doubleheader.
In the opener, the Bears used a big third inning to take the early lead, only to see the Quakers rally late to pick up the win. After both sides crossed the plate once in the second frame, Brown settled into a groove in the third, scoring four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Daniel Rosoff and junior Josh Feit each had RBI singles in the inning, while DiBiase added a two-run double to complete the scoring for Bruno.
In the final frames of the seven inning game, it was all Penn though. Brown added one more run in the fifth, but the Quakers picked up seven over the final three innings, picking up the 8-6 comeback victory at home.
After seeing Penn rally in the opener, Brown flipped the script in the rematch though, coming back from a 5-2 deficit to take an 11-2 victory. The Bears picked up a pair in the top of the third, highlighted by an RBI double from Chris Tanabe, only to see Penn answer with five in the bottom of the inning to take the early lead.
Brown added three more in the fifth, but still entered the final innings with the game tied at 5-5. In the eighth though, the Bears put the game away for good, scoring four runs to push the advantage to 9-5. Though there were no extra base hits, several Bears came up with key hits, including DiBiase, who picked up another RBI with a single. Bruno then added two more in the ninth, highlighted by a solo home run by Ryan Zrenda, coming away with an 11-5 win.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they continue their Ivy season with a doubleheader at Columbia beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Pictured: Graham Tyler '12. Photo by dspics.com.