Brown Splits in Doubleheader at Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y. — The Brown baseball team picked up its first Ivy League win of the year on Sunday afternoon, topping Cornell 5-2 in game one of a doubleheader. The Bears (3-15, 1-3) were outscored in game two by the Big Red (3-17, 1-3), 13-8.

In game one, Cornell jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but Brown plated two in the top of the third to retake the lead. Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) led off the frame with a walk and then advance to second a sacrifice bunt by J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.). John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) followed up with a single, and a throwing error on the play allowed Feit to score and put the Bears on the board. Two batters later, Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) came trough with a RBI single to take the lead.

A RBI double by Cornell in the bottom of the fourth inning tied it up the seven-inning affair that stood at a stalemate until the final inning. In the  top of the seventh, it was Feit who played the role of hero, belting a three-run blast to left field, which gave Brown the 5-2 victory.

Brown starter Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) went six strong innings, scattering five hits while allowing just one earned run. Feit entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order to pick up the save.

In game two, Cornell once again jumped out to an early lead, plating one run in each of the first two innings. Brown countered however, crossing two in the top of the third. It was Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.) who came trough with an RBI-double, which tied up the game.

The Brown offense continued to roll in the top of the fifth. After a walk by Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.), Slaughter doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third for Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) who plated Colantonio with a single to right. Greskoff, the next batter, cleared the bases with a home run to left field and put the Bears up 6-2.

The lead did not last for long however, as the Cornell offense kicked into high gear in the bottom of the fifth inning, plating three runs to cut the deficit to just one. Brown got a run back in the top of the sixth when Sheridan scored on error, but the Big Red kept it going in the bottom of the sixth in a big way, scoring eight runs on six hits to take a 13-7 lead. 

The Bears got one back on an RBI single by Sheridan in the top of the seventh, but that was as close as Brown would get. Cornell's Rick Marks entered the game in the eight and closed out the win, allowing just one hit in two innings.