April 25, 2011

Bears Drop Doubleheader at Dartmouth, 2-1 & 11-4

Hanover, N.H. – In the final two games of a four-game set at Dartmouth, the Brown baseball team was edged 2-1 in game one, before falling in game two, 11-4. Sophomore starter Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) went 6.1 innings in the first game, keeping the Bears in it till the end, but in the second, the Big Green offense finally got going, plating seven runs in the first three fames.

Mayo scattered five hits in the seven-inning game, allowing just two runs while striking out three and walking none. Sophomore John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) went 2-for-4 in the opening game, with a RBI. Junior shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) was 2-for-2 with a run.

Dartmouth took an early lead in first game with an RBI double from Jason Brooks in the bottom of the first inning.

It took the Bears until the final fame of the seven-inning affair, but they finally got to Big Green starter Kyle Hendricks on a RBI single from Sheridan. That was all Hendricks would allow, finishing his complete game effort with nine strikeouts. 

The Big Green walked off with the win on an RBI double down the right field line by Jason Onstott.

Sheridan and Tyler combined to go 5-for-9 in the second game as the one and two hitters in the Bear lineup, but they could not overcome seven early runs from the Dartmouth offense.  The Big Green crossed four in the second and three in the third to take a commanding lead.

The Bears did fight back however and cut the deficit to three in the sixth inning. Sheridan got the damage started with a RBI double in the top of the fifth and Tyler followed with a RBI single of his own. In the sixth inning, junior John Suzich (Bethesda, Md.) singled up the middle to plate sophomore Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.). Two batter later, Suzich scored on a throwing error to push the score to 7-4.

The three-run game did not last for however as Dartmouth plated three in the seventh and one more in the eighth.

The Bears stay busy this week, returning home to Murray Stadium tomorrow afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with local rival URI. Brown continues its area rivalries with a doubleheader on Wednesday versus Bryant with a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Bruno wraps up Ivy League play this weekend with two games at Yale on Friday, April 29th before coming back to Brown for a second doubleheader on Saturday.