April 13, 2013

Baseball Drops Two at Dartmouth to Open Four-Game Set

HANOVER, N.H. – Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) allowed just two runs and struck out six batters in the opening contest, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Dartmouth on Saturday as the Bears fell, 2-0 and 11-3, to kick off a four-game set at Biondi Park.

Brown now stands at 3-22 overall and 1-9 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth moves to 20-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

Galan took the loss for the Bears in the first game, but only gave up two runs in six innings of work and also picked up six strikeouts, while Cole Sulser pitched a complete game shutout for the Big Green to earn the win, giving up just three hits.

Dartmouth jumped on the scoreboard in the third inning when Jeff Keller hit an RBI single to left field to push across the first run of the game.

Brown's best opportunity came in the top of the fifth when Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) singled to third and reached third on a throwing error on the next play, but the Bears could not push him across home plate to even the score.

The Big Green added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Joe Purritano smacked an RBI single to right field for the 2-0 lead and eventual victory.

Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) led the Brown offense with two hits apiece, while Marcal also drove in a pair of runs.

Dartmouth wasted little time in putting numbers on the sboard in the second game as the Big Green scored three runs on four hits in the opening frame. Jeff Keller and Nick Lombardi each notched RBI hits in the inning to give the home side the early lead at 3-0.

Brown responded in the top of the second with a pair of runs on two hits as Van Boom started it off with a one-out single to right center and J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) drew a two-out walk. From there, Marcal hit a two-run double to left center to trim the deficit to two, 3-2.

The Big Green answered right back in the bottom half of the frame with four runs on three hits to push the lead to four at 7-2. Dartmouth added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth when Purritano hit a two-run homer and Matt Parisi doubled down the right field line to drive in another run to push the lead to 10-2.

After Dartmouth tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth, the Bears made some noise in the top of the ninth as Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) singled to left center to drive in a run, but a game-ending double play seal the victory for the Big Green.

The Bears wrap up the four-game set on Sunday, April 14 when they take on Dartmouth at noon.