April 30, 2011

Brown Splits Final Ivy League Doubleheader with Yale

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team wrapped up its Ivy League schedule on Saturday afternoon at Murray Stadium against Yale. The two teams split the doubleheader with Bears taking game one, 6-1, and the Bulldogs winning game two, 18-8.

In game one, senior Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) went seven innings for the complete-game victory, scattering six hits while striking out six and allowing just one run.

It was the middle infield for the Bears that did most of the damage, as junior shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while rookie second basemen was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. 

Both Yale and Brown were able to plate one run each in the second inning, but the Bears were able to string a few together in the fourth and fifth innings, plating three and two runs, respectively.

Franco added a RBI double in the fourth while Tyler and sophomore John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) each registered RBI singles to put the Bears up 4-1.

In the fifth rookie left fielder Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) belted a triple to center, and then scored on a single by Franco. It was Tyler again who was responsible for the Bears sixth run, sending one up the middle for his second RBI single.

In game two, the Bulldogs and Bears found themselves deadlocked at two after the third inning, but Yale's offense exploded in the top of the fourth, plating six runs on five hits and an error.

After trading runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth, Brown's offense made a run of its own, crossing four in the sixth. Franco picked up his third RBI of the day on a single to right and senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) delivered a bases-loaded triple to bring the Bears within two.

The deficit did not stay at two for long, as the Bulldog offense found its rhythm again in the top of the seventh, plating six runs yet again to put the game out of reach. 

Brown wraps up its 2011 season on Tuesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader at Murray Stadium versus Marist.