April 21, 2012

Brown’s Offense Explodes in 22-9 Win Over Harvard

Cambridge, Mass. – The Brown baseball offense came alive on Saturday afternoon at O'Donnell Field, tallying 22 runs on 25 hits in a game two win over Harvard. The Bears nearly took both games of the doubleheader from the Crimson, leading 5-4 in the fourth inning of game one, before Harvard registered a run in the fourth and getting the walk-off in the seventh.

It was all about the seniors for Brown (8-29, 5-11) the offensive explosion as Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) and Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) combined to go 9-for-12. Tyler finished 5-for-7 with three runs while DiBiase registered eight RBI on four hits including a home run, while scoring four runs.

Tyler and DiBiase were joined by several other Bears who tallied multi-hit performances. Sophomore Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) went 2-for-6 with two runs and a walk, junior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) finished 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs, sophomore Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) was 2-for-6 with two runs and two RBI, while both sophomore J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) and rookie Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) each finished with three hits.

Junior pitcher Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) came through for Brown going three-plus scoreless innings, scattering four hits while striking out five for the save. Freshman Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, Mass.) went 4.1 innings, striking out three to pick up the win. 

The Bears nearly took two-of-four at Harvard, actually leading the Crimson 5-4 after four innings in game one, even though Harvard was able to cross a run in each of the first four frames.

In the end, Harvard was able to tally the game-tying score in the fourth before getting the walk-off in the bottom of the seventh on Marcus Way's no-out home run.

Brown has two non-league, midweek matchups versus in-state rivals URI and Bryant before facing Yale for a home-and-home series. Friday's doubleheader at Murray Stadium will be the Bears' senior day.