Baseball Splits with Harvard to Open Four-Game Set

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) went 3-for-4 at the plate as part of a collective 20-hit effort and Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) pitched eight strong innings to lead the Brown baseball team to a 14-2 victory over Harvard in the second game of a doubleheader to gain a split Saturday afternoon at Murray Stadium. 

Despite a valiant comeback by the Bears after four runs in the seventh inning, the Crimson held on for a 12-10 victory in the first game. Brown moves to 4-27 overall and 2-12 in Ivy League play, while the Crimson stand at 9-25 on the season and 6-8 in conference action.

In the second game, St. Lawrence allowed just two runs and recorded five strikeouts in eight innings to earn the victory, while Sean Poppen allowed ten runs in two innings of work to pick up the loss. Van Boom also posted a team-high four RBI, while Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.), Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) registered three hits apiece.

The Brown offense went right to work in the first inning of the second game as the Bears erupted for nine runs on eight hits. Marcal, Massey and Van Boom started it off with three RBI hits before Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) blasted a two-run shot over the left field wall. After McKeithan contributed with an RBI single, Marcal came back around in the order and drove in a pair with a double to left, giving the Bears the early 9-0 lead.

The Bears kept it going in the second inning as Van Boom reached after being hit by a pitch and then stole second to get into scoring position, before J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) drove him in on a single to right to increase the lead, 10-0.

Brown struck again in the fourth when Franco hit a sacrifice fly to center, but the Crimson managed to get on the board in the fifth on a solo homer from Sean O'Neil to slice the lead back to ten, 11-1.

Van Boom kept the offense going in the seventh when he crushed a three-run homerun over the left field fence. Harvard added another run in the eighth, but it was not enough as the Bears cruised to the victory.

Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) led the Bears with three hits and three RBI in the opener, while Marcal also racked up three hits and Massey drove in a trio of runs.

Harvard opened the first game with a pair of runs in the first inning as Brandon Kregal and Robert Wineski collected RBI singles to give the visitors the early lead.

Brown answered right back in the bottom half of the frame as Levine led off with a single through the right side and then stole second to move into scoring position. One batter later, Massey hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Levine and cut the lead to one, 2-1.

After the Crimson tacked on another run in the third when Tanner Anderson crossed the plate on a wild pitch, the Bears responded with a run in the bottom half. McKeithan and Marcal recorded back-to-back singles before Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) hit a one-run single up the middle to pull the Bears within one, 3-2.

Harvard came back strong in the next inning as the visitors erupted for seven runs on nine hits to move out in front, 10-2. The Bears managed to add another run in the bottom of the fourth when Levine drove in Franco with a single to left field.

After Harvard added another run in the fifth, the Bears struck back with three runs on five hits in the bottom part of the frame. Marcal led off with a double to right center, followed by Massey with a two-run homer to slice the lead to six. Franco also added an RBI single later in the inning to drive in Van Boom and pull the Bears within five, 11-6.

Harvard managed to add one more run in the top of the seventh, but the Bears made a final rally in the bottom half with four runs on four hits. John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) started it off with an RBI single to drive in Franco, before Levine crushed a two-run triple down the right field line and McKeithan hit a sacrifice fly to left. Nevertheless, the Bears came up just a few runs short of the comeback as the Crimson held on for the victory.

The Bears return to action on Sunday, April 21 when they face Harvard in a doubleheader at noon.