April 18, 2012

Brown Falls to Holy Cross in Doubleheader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite entering Wednesday's doubleheader on a three-game losing streak, Brown entered with momentum, winning their previous two games in walk-off fashion over Dartmouth and UConn, and boasted the top Ivy League Rookie for the second-consecutive week in Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.). In the end the Bears offense could not overcome their opponents as the Crusaders scored 21 runs in two games, winning 12-6 and 9-0.

Brown (7-26) and Holy Cross (23-16) showed that offense would rule in the game one early on, as the two teams were deadlocked at three after just the first inning in the first contest.

Despite an impressive showing by junior first baseman Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) in game one, going 2-for-4 with four RBI, Brown could only manage two more runs as a team while the Crusaders tallied 12 runs on 13 hits to take game one. All but two Holy Cross players registered at least one hit, highlighted by leadoff hitter Mike Ahmed who went 4-for-4 with three runs.

Holy Cross kept the offense coming in game two, scoring in each of the first three innings, including four in the second to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Crusaders pitching took care of the rest as four players combined to allow just two hits and five base runners in the six-inning affair.

Brown returns to Ivy League action this weekend with a four-game series at Harvard, starting Friday with a doubleheader at Noon.

The Bears and Crimson are tied with 4-8 league records and are three games back in the loss column behind division-leading Dartmouth.