Providence, RI – Brown kicked off a pivotal four-game Ivy League series with Dartmouth on Saturday, splitting the first two games with the Big Green by scores of 7-6 Dartmouth and 9-5 in favor of the Bears. With the split, the teams remain tied atop the Red Rolfe division with matching records of 9-5, while Harvard continues to sit two games back after a split with Yale.
The first game was a pitcher's dual early, as Brown's Kevin Carlow and Dartmouth's Ryan Young each went six innings, and threw well. The Big Green picked up the first run of the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the second. However, the Bears struck back in emphatic fashion in the bottom of the third, as junior catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) hammered a grand slam to left center field, giving Brown a 4-1 lead.
Dartmouth added runs of its own in the fourth and sixth frames, but Brown tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to enter the final inning with a 5-3 lead. In the seventh though, Dartmouth's bats finally came to life, aided by a pair of Brown errors that extended the inning long enough for the Big Green to put up four runs, coming back to lead 7-5.
Though the Bears attempted a comeback in the bottom of the frame, as Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) tripled and scored, Brown came up just short, falling 7-6 in game one.
Brown took no chances in the second game, scoring four runs over the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. After Dartmouth scored its first run in the top of the fifth, the Bears opened up the game with four of its own in the bottom of the frame, taking an 8-1 lead. Mike DiBiase had the big hit of the inning, hitting a solo home run to dead center field, as Bruno essentially sealed the victory.
The Bears tacked on one more run in the eighth, pushing the advantage to 9-1 heading into the final inning. Though Dartmouth again mounted a spirited comeback attempt, scoring four runs in the final half inning, the Big Green was unable to overcome the big Brown lead, as the Bears held on for a 9-5 victory.