April 2, 2011

Brown Falls in Ivy League Opener at Princeton

Princeton, N.J. — In game one of an Ivy League opening series versus the Princeton Tigers, Brown was outscored 7-4 in seven innings. The Bears continued its recent tendency of scoring late runs, scoring four in the final inning, but it was not enough to overcome an early Princeton lead.

In game one of the doubleheader, Princeton jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings.

Brown got on the board in the top of the fourth. John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) led off the frame with a single to short, and then advance to second on a throwing error. Senior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.) doubled to right two batters later to pick up the RBI.

The Tigers got the run back in the bottom of the sixth on a Bowman RBI single, but Brown pitcher Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) was able to work his way out of a bases loaded jam, avoiding further damage.

The Bears continued their trend of late-inning runs, plating three in the top of the seventh. Mike DiBiase (Weston, mass.) led it off with a double to left field. Senior Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.) took immediate advantage of the man in scoring position, singling to left field for his team-leading eighth RBI.

A batter later, Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) doubled to left field, which plated Zrenda and cut the deficit to four. After Tyler advance to third on a passed ball, Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) singled to right center and picked up Brown's fourth run of the game, but that was as close as the Bears would get.

Princeton continued its hot hitting in game two, eclipsing its six-run total through two in game one, with eight runs in the second contest.

For the second game in a row, Brown's first run came in the top of the fourth. Senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double to left field. Two batters later, Slaughter added a double of his own to plate Colantonio and put the Bears on the board.

Princeton responded quickly and strongly, putting three more across in the bottom half of the fourth to take a commanding 11-1 lead.

Brown got its second run in the top of the sixth inning. Colantonio raked his second double of the game to put a runner in scoring position and then DiBiase brought him home with another double, this one to right center.

The Bears will look to get back in the win column tomorrow afternoon when they head up to Cornell for a two-game set, beginning at Noon.