March 31, 2013

Brown Baseball Drops Two at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite limiting the Tigers to nine hits over a pair of games, the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Princeton Sunday afternoon as the Bears fell, 3-1, in each of the contests at Clarke Field.

Brown dips to 2-15 overall and 0-4 in Ivy League play, while Princeton improves to 5-17 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.

Senior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) paced the Bears offensively in the opener as he went 2-for-3 at the plate, while junior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) took the loss, allowing three earned runs over 5.1 innings of work.

Princeton opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second when Tyler Servais drew a walk with the bases loaded to push across Steve Harrington for the one-run lead.

Brown evened up the score in the top of the sixth as Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) led off the inning with a walk, moved to third on a single from Slaughter, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) to left.

The game was not tied for long, however, as the Tigers came back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth as Will Davis and Billy Arendt drove in back-to-back runs to take a 3-1 lead. Princeton retired the Bears in order in the seventh to seal the victory.

The second game featured a pitching dual between the two starters, but Princeton's Kevin Link ended up with the win as he went the full nine innings and limited the Bears to one run and three hits. Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) went 5.1 innings on the mound for the Bears, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts for the loss.

Princeton got off to a quick start with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first as Harrington drove in a run on a single to right before Mike Ford scored on a wild pitch later in the frame.

The two pitchers took over from there as neither team could get much going over the next five innings, until DeRenzi scored on a sacrifice fly by Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The Tigers answered back with an insurance run in the bottom half of the frame when Alec Keller scored on a fielder's choice to move in front, 3-1, en route to an eventual victory.

The Bears return to action on Tuesday, April 2 when they play host to Bryant in the home opener at 4 p.m.