April 28, 2012

Late Brown Rallies Fall Short at Yale in Ivy League FInale

New Haven, Conn. - Playing in its final two Ivy League games of the 2012 season, the Brown Baseball team showed resolve, rallying late in spite of early game deficits, but could not overcome Yale at its home Stadium, falling 5-4 and 13-7. Junior first baseman Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) went 3-for-3 with an RBI in game one before Bulldogs pitcher Nolan Becker stymied the Bears bats, striking out 16 batters in seven innings. 

Facing a 4-0 disadvantage after three innings of game one, Brown went on to score in each of the next three innings, but Yale got one more run in the fifth frame to hold lead on its way to a 5-4 win.

Rookie Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) continued his hot hitting in first of the double-dip, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. 

Freshman David St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) went the distance for Brown, pitching six innings, striking out four without walking a batter.

Yale was staked an early lead ing the second game as the Bulldogs crossed five runs without a hit. Senior Mark Gormley (Milton, Mass.) and head coach Marek Drabinski questioned the umpires strike zone a little too much following the early free passes and were ejected in the first inning.

Brown got a run back in the second inning on junior John Sheridan's (Palo Alto, Calif.) RBI single, but the Bulldogs offense came alive in the sixth, crossing seven runs to take a commanding 13-1 lead.

The Bears refused to quit however as the scored in each of the last three frames to close within six. Rookie Ross Julian (Dunsable, Mass.) started it off with an RBI double in the seventh and sophomore Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) followed suit with a double of his own which crossed two more.

Sophomore J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) was able to score on a passed ball in the ninth, but the Bears would get no closer.

Brown returns home to Murray Stadium on Tuesday to take on Marist in a doubleheader at 2 p.m.