March 12, 2011

Brown Tops No. 5 Texas, 7-3

Austin, Texas. – After taking falling in game one 4-3 earlier in the day, Brown came back to take game two, 7-3 against No. 5 Texas. Facing a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning, the Bears put up three runs in the frame to take control of the game and pick up their first win of the season. The victory against the Longhorns was one the best in program history as Brown knocked off its the highest-ranked opponent ever. The Bears fell in close affair in game one of the doubleheader, 4-3 in seven innings.

Texas actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Brown offense quickly responded in the top of the third.

Senior Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.) came through with a two-run homerun to put the Bears up 2-1. The Bears then loaded the bases on two singles and a reach-on-error and picked up their third run of the game when junior Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) worked a walk. 

The Longhorns were able to pick up runs in the third and fifth innings to tie the game.

In the top of the seventh, Brown was able to take control. Junior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) led off the frame with a single and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by rookie Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and got to third on a wild pitch. With the runner on just 90 feet away, freshman Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) came in as pinch-hitter and laid down the sacrifice bunt to the Bears up 4-3.

The runs kept coming for Bruno in the seventh as Tyler added an RBI single and senior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.) blasted a RBI double to right field for a 6-3 lead.

Brown added one more run in the top of the eighth. Senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) led off the frame with a double to left field. Zrenda followed with a single and fielder's choice by DiBiase allowed Colantonio to cross the plate.

Freshman pitcher Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) entered the game in relief to start the third inning and went six strong, scattering six hits while striking out two and allowing just one run.

Earlier in the day, the Bears nearly knocked off the Longhorns, holding a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Brown got two runs in the first. Zrenda started it off with a single, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Colantonio and then got to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, DiBiase came through with an RBI double. The Bears actually picked up a second run on the play as Greskoff, who had walked, came around to score on an outfield error.

Bruno added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Greskoff, but the Texas offense exploded in the bottom half of the frame, tallying four runs.

The Bears and 'Horns are back in action Sunday as they wrap up their four-game series at 2 p.m.