Baseball Drops Pair at Cornell in Ivy League Opener

ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) and junior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) each recorded a pair of hits and drove in a run, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Cornell on Saturday as the Bears fell, 6-1 and 4-1, to open Ivy League play.

Brown moves to 2-13 overall and 0-2 in league action, while Cornell stands at 14-6 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.

In the opening game, Slaughter went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in the team's only run of the contest. Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) took the loss in the opening game, allowing six runs over five innings to go along with four strikeouts, while Nick Busto went the distance over the full seven innings to pick up the win.

Cornell opened up the contest with four runs on a pair of hits in the bottom of the first as JD Whetsel, Ben Swinford and Kevin Tatum each drove in a run for the early advantage.

The Bears responded in the top of the third when J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) led off the inning with a single through the right side and John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) followed with a single to left. After a double play, Slaughter hit a two-out single through the left side to drive in Franco and trim the deficit to 4-1.

The Big Red tacked on two more runs on three hits in the top of the sixth to build a five-run lead and then held off the Bears in the seventh to preserve the win.

In the second game, Massey paced the Bears offensively by going 2-for-4 at the plate, while Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) went 7.1 innings on the mound, giving up four runs and recording six strikeouts in the loss.

Cornell got on the board first with a run in the top of the second as Swinford's sacrifice bunt gave the home side the early lead.

Brown answered in the top of the fourth when Massey singled up the middle to drive in Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and even the score at 1-1.

The game did not stay tied for long as Cornell added another run on the bottom half of the fourth as Chris Cruz led off the inning with a home run.

Despite solid pitching on the Brown side, the Big Red scored one run in both the seventh and eighth innings to hold on for the win and take the doubleheader.

The Bears return to action on Sunday, March 31 when they visit Princeton for a doubleheader at 11:15 a.m.