April 1, 2012

Brown Opens Ivy League Play with Doubleheader Split at Columbia

New York, N.Y. – The Brown baseball team started 2012 Ivy League play with a road win, topping Columbia, 4-3, to open a doubleheader. The Bears were outscored in game two, 14-6. Sophomore starter Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) had a complete game win in the first contest while junior John Sheridan's (Palo Alto, Calif.) RBI-double in the seventh proved to be the difference in the game one win. 

The Bears (3-15, 1-1) played their ninth- and 10th-straight road games on Sunday against Lions (9-14, 1-1), using and eight-game California road-swing to prepare themselves for the Ivy season.

Brown trailed 1-0 in game one, but used a three-run fourth inning to take the lead. An insurance run by Sheridan in the seventh was much need as Columbia tallied a run in the bottom half of the frame to close within a run, but could get no closer, falling 4-3.

The Lion bats came alive in game two, tallying 13 hits and 14 runs. Brown led 2-0 after two and a half innings, but a three run third gave Columbia the lead. Brown got all three back in the fourth, but the Lions plated three in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings, along with two in the seventh to split the doubleheader.

Columbia took an early 1-0 lead but senior Mike DiBiase's (Weston, Mass.) two-run home run in the fourth gave Brown a 2-0 advantage. Rookie Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) followed suit with a solo shot of his own to increase Brown's lead to two. 

The Lions got one back in the fifth but Sheridan's timely hit in the seventh put Brown back up by two; an all-important run as Columbia got one more in the final frame before Galan was able to close out the win. 

In game two, Brown jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBI's from junior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) and Sheridan, but Columbia came back to plate three in the third. 

The Bears regained the lead in the fourth thanks to some sloppy Columbia play, getting three unearned runs. The advantage would not last however, as the Lions scored multiple runs in each on the final four innings. 

Brown continues its 12-game road trip tomorrow afternoon when it takes on Penn at noon on Monday, April 2.