Brown Tops Instate Rival URI, 7-6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a back-and-forth contest, Brown came away with the upper hand, plating three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a two run deficit. The Bears used a plethora of pitchers including Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.), who entered the game in the seventh inning. Carlow struck out three in 2.1 innings, while not allowing a hit, to pick up his first win of the season.

URI struck first in the game, putting up two runs in the very first inning, but the lead did not last for long. Senior third baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.) blasted a two run bomb to tie up the game in the bottom of the frame.

Brown took the lead in the third when sophomore Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) advanced to third base after he put a deep ball out to right and the fielder misplayed it, letting the ball ricochet off his glove and scoot away from him. Slaughter scored shortly after on a wild pitch.

The advantage for the Bears did not last long as the Rams led off the next frame with a triple and then used a sacrifice fly to knot the game up a three.

Bruno answered in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI single by sophomore John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.), but once again the lead would not last as Rhode Island got a two-run home run from Mike LeBel in the fifth inning to go up 5-4.

URI tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh. After a walk, a failed pickoff attempt let the runner to advance to third, and then a wild pitch allowed the run to easily cross.

The run proved to be URI's last gasp. The Brown offense got it going in the eighth as senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double and then Zrenda followed with a single. An error on the play allowed Colantonio to score and cut the deficit to just one. Junior DH Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) kept the line moving with a double down the left field line, which tied it up at six. Slaughter finished it off, singling to left, plating DiBiase.

Carlow, who got the final out of the seventh, made his way through the eighth and ninth, striking out the final batter of the game to give the Bears a 7-6 victory. 

Brown's marathon slate continues as its stretch of six games in four days continues tomorrow at Murray Stadium with another instate matchup, this one against area-rival Byrant at 3:30 p.m.