Providence, RI – The Bears opened their 2010 season with a pair of tough losses against Siena on Wednesday afternoon, falling by scores of 9-8 and 11-7 to the Saints. Junior infielder Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) had a big day at the plate for Brown, picking up five RBI’s on three home runs in the two contests combined.
In the opener, both offenses struggled to get going early, but Brown took the first lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning, both coming via the first of Zrenda’s home runs. Brown then added four more in a big fourth inning, including three on a Pete Greskoff homer, to take a 6-1 lead through four. The Saints rallied late though, picking up five runs in the sixth and adding three more in the seventh to come back for a 9-8 victory.
It was Siena that had the hot offense early in the second game though, as two of the first three batters for the visiting team homered, part of a three-run first inning for the Saints. Both teams scored early and often though, and Siena came out of the fourth leading just 8-5. The Saints tacked on three more in the fifth to seemingly seal the win, but Brown made a late comeback bid in the ninth, as Zrenda and senior Joe Mellano hit back-to-back home runs to cut the deficit to 11-7. Siena was able to retire the next three Brown batters though, holding on for the sweep.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, when they continue their home schedule against Princeton with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. at Murray Stadium.