March 22, 2014

Baseball Splits Pair on Saturday

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Brown baseball team split a pair of games on Saturday as the Bears opened with an 8-2 win over UMass-Lowell, before falling to host William & Mary, 16-4, at Plumeri Park. 

Brown moved to 2-6 on the season, while UMass-Lowell dropped to 8-5 overall and William & Mary improved to 16-6.

In the first game against UMass-Lowell, freshman Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) went 7.1 innings to earn the win, allowing just one earned run to go along with eight strikeouts. Sophomore Austin French (Orange, Conn.) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in relief.

As a team, Brown collected 14 hits, led by senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) who went 3-for-5 at the plate with one home run and two RBIs. In addition to Massey, Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.), Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.), Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.), Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) and Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) each posted multi-hit games. 

The Bears opened up the scoring in the top of the second with four runs on five hits to take an early lead. After Marcal, Massey and Sredojevic recorded three straight doubles, sophomore Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, Fla.) singled to left center for the third run of the frame. After a passed ball, Henry then drove in Guthrie on a single to right to give the Bears the lead, 4-0.

Lowell answered back with one run in the bottom half of the frame, but the Bears responded with three more runs on five hits in the top of the third. After Kerr hit a leadoff single to center, Huntley followed with a two-run blast over the left field wall for his first collegiate home run. Sredojevic capped a string of five straight hits with a single back to the pitcher to drive in Marcal and lift the Bears up by six, 7-1.

Brown added another run in the top of the seventh when Massey hit a leadoff homer to left to give the Bears the seven-run advantage. Lowell tacked on a run in the bottom half of the inning, but French came in to get the last five batters out in order to seal the victory.

In the loss to William & Mary, sophomore Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) paced the offense with three hits, while starter Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) allowed six runs for the loss.

The Tribe raced out to an early lead, scoring nine runs on eight hits over the first three innings.

Brown struck back in the top of the fifth when senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) grounded into a double play to drive in Sredojevic, who led off with a single up the middle.

After William & Mary added another run in the fifth, the Bears notched three runs in the top half of the seventh. Kerr drew a walk with the bases loaded to send in McKeithan, before Huntley reached on an error, allowing Henry to score the unearned run. Massey later reached on a fielder's choice to bring in Franco and trim the deficit to six, but the home side added six more runs to secure the victory.

Brown returns to action tomorrow for a pair of contests against UMass-Lowell (1 p.m.) and William & Mary (7 p.m.).