New Haven, Conn. – In the fight for the top spot in the Rolfe Division, Brown came up big on Friday, taking two games from Yale, 6-3 and 4-0. The Ivy League home-and-home series continues on Saturday afternoon, 1 p.m. at Murray Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in game one, the Bears put up six runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 6-3, seven-inning victory. In game two, starter Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) delivered a complete game, scoreless peformance on the way to a 4-0 Brown victory.
In game one, senior starter Andrew Bakowski (Andover, Mass.), who has been a reliever for most of his career, went 4.1 innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three batters.
Yale struck first in the first game of the doubleheader on an RBI-single from Charlie Neil in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Bear quickly responded however with a huge fifth inning of their own. Senior third baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.) started off the scoring with a RBI single and Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) followed with a RBI walk. A bases-loaded sac-fly by sophomore Cody Slaughter (Newport Richey, Fla.) put Brown up 3-1.
Senior Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) was able to work another bases-loaded walk to increase Brown's lead and rookie Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), who returned to the Bears lineup after a wrist injury, delivered with a two-run single up the middle to put Brown up 6-1.
Yale was able to tack on two more runs, both in the fifth inning, but it was not enough as relief pitcher Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) was able to avoid further damage and hold the Brown lead.
In game two, Mayo was the story for the Bears, going the distance while scattering nine hits, walking just one.
Brown was able to strike first again, this time the damage coming in the fifth inning. It was Van Boom again, making the most of his return to the lineup, coming through with a RBI-single.
The run proved to be all the Bears needed, but the offense pilled on two more in the seventh and one more in the eighth. Feit registered a RBI double before the seventh-inning stretch while Zrenda added single in the eighth, which scored captain Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.).
The Bulldogs and Bears finish up their home-and-home series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Murray Stadium. Fans will be in attendance for the doubleheader to celebrate both Senior Day and Family Day.