March 15, 2011

Brown Downs Northeastern, 6-4

Boston, Mass. – Playing their fifth game in five days and first above the Mason-Dixon Line this year, the Bears (2-6) were able to down Northeastern (2-11) on the road, 6-4. The Bears trailed 2-1 entering the second inning, but the offense continued to roll, scoring at least once in the first four frames.   

The Brown bats came out hot, as they were able to pick up an early run off of two hits in the first inning. Sophomore outfielder John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) led off the game with a double down the leftfield line and then captain Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) crossed Sheridan with an RBI-single through the right side.

Northeastern was able to take the lead in the bottom of the first when a two-run triple by Jimmy Filter with two outs put the Huskies up 2-1.

Brown did not trail for long as junior co-captain Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) hit a solo shot with two outs that went nearly 400 feet and tied the game at two.

An inning later, rookie Wes Van Boom (Trabuca Canyon, Calif) kept the big blasts coming with a solo home run of his own to give the Bears a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, reigning Ivy League Player of the week, Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) belted his first home run of the season, cranking a two-run dinger to opposite field.

In the top of the fourth, Colantonio made it four-straight innings with at least one run for the Bears as he put a double down the rightfield line which scored Sheridan who had singled and stole second base earlier in the inning.

Northeastern was able to get a run back in the in the bottom of the fourth after back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases and then a wild pitch allowed the Huskies to plate one, cutting the Bear lead to 6-4.

NU was able to take on one more in the bottom of the seventh with two when a single, a steal and a second single put one across, but that was as close as the Huskies would get. 

For the game, Sheridan finished 3-for-5 with two runs, a double and two stolen bases. Starter Connor Burke (Andover, Mass.) went five innings, scattering five hits, striking out five and allowing three runs.

The Bears will be back in action on March 26th when they begin a west-coast road swing at Santa Clara. Brown will play four games against SC, before traveling to take on San Jose State for three games.