April 7, 2013

Baseball Drops Pair to Columbia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) collected three hits on the day, and John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) posted two hits apiece, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Columbia Sunday afternoon as the Bears fell, 2-0 and 13-4, at Murray Stadium.

Brown drops to 3-19 overall and 1-7 in Ivy League play, while Columbia improves to 13-15 on the season and 6-2 in league action.

Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) took the loss as the starter in the opener, but only gave up two runs in the full seven innings of work, while Tim Giel earned the win after throwing seven innings of shutout ball to go along with six strikeouts.

Massey recorded a pair of hits for the Bears, while Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.), Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Sheridan also registered one hit apiece.

Columbia jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Joey Falcone hit an RBI single through the right side to drive in Jordan Serena for the 1-0 advantage. The Lions tacked on another run in the top of the third as Serena led off the frame with a solo homer over the left field fence for the two-run lead.

Carlow settled down on the mound from there, holding the Lions scoreless with just two hits over the final four innings, but the Bears could not push across the runs to even the score as the visitors held on for the win. 

Columbia opened the second game with a run in the top of the first when Serena attempted to steal third and took advantage of a high throw, allowing him to cross the plate for the 1-0 lead.

The lead did not lost long, however, as Brown answered back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. After Massey singled to right and Van Boom walked, Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) crushed a two-run double to left center to push the home side in front, 2-1.

The Lions evened the score in the top of the third when Serena tripled down the left field line to push across Mike Fischer and knot up the game at 2-2. Columbia added another run in the top of the fifth on a Serena RBI double, but the Bears responded in the bottom half of the frame as Marcal doubled down the left field line to punch in Sheridan and even in the score at 3-3.

Columbia continued to work offensively as the Lions came right back with 10 runs over the next three innings. Brown managed one run in the seventh on a homer from Sheridan, but it was not enough as the visitors claimed the series sweep.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 10 when they play host to Connecticut at 3:30 p.m.