PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and freshman Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) registered two hits apiece, but it was not enough as the Brown baseball team fell to Connecticut, 11-6, in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference matchup at Murray Stadium.
Brown drops to 3-20 on the season, while UConn improves to 19-13 overall.
Pat Butler picked up the win for the Huskies as he came in for early relief, giving up one earned run in 2.0 innings, while Chris Smith (Colleyville, Texas) took the loss. Levine went 2-for-5 at the plate to go along with two RBIs and one run scored, while senior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) drew three walks to go along with a 1-for-1 showing at the dish.
Connecticut opened up the contest with four runs on two hits in the top of the first, highlighted by a two-run double by Bobby Melley for the early lead.
Brown answered back in the bottom of the third as Sheridan and Cam Wilkie (Mississauge, Ontario) led off the frame with back-to-back hits. After J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to center and Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) reached on an error, Levine smacked in a two-run double to drive in a pair of runs and trim the deficit to 4-3.
UConn padded its lead with six runs in the top of the fifth, recording four hits and taking advantage of one Brown error for the 10-3 advantage.
Brown chipped away at UConn's lead the rest of the game, starting in the bottom half of the fifth when Massey blasted a solo homer over the right field fence. After the Huskies tacked on another run in the eighth, Brown drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the frame to add a pair of runs, but the visitors held on for the victory.
The Bears return to Ivy League action on Saturday, April 13 when they kick off a four-game series against Dartmouth with a doubleheader at noon.