Baseball Cruises Past UMass Lowell, 9-3

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Freshman Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) blasted a three-run homer and senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) collected three hits to lead the Brown baseball team over UMass-Lowell, 9-3, in Sunday's non-conference matchup on the campus of William & Mary.

Brown improves to 3-6 on the season with its second win over the River Hawks in as many days, while Lowell drops to 8-6 overall.

Senior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) earned his first win of the season, allowing one earned run over 6.2 innings. Freshman Max Ritchie (Woodbridge, Conn.) tossed 2.1 innings of relief work, allowing one run with three strikeouts. Sredojevic paced the offense with a pair of hits, including a three-run homer, while Franco racked up three hits with one double. Brown and Lowell registered 10 hits apiece.

Brown jumped on the board with three runs in the bottom of the second, as freshman Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) and junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) drew a pair of walks, before Sredojevic hit a three-run shot over the right field fence to give the Bears the early lead.

The River Hawks responded with one run in the top of the fifth, but the Bears answered back with a run in the bottom half of the frame, when Franco hit an RBI single to right center for the 4-1 advantage.

Brown continued to attack and added two more runs on a trio of hits in the sixth inning, as senior Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) posted a pair of RBI singles to move the Bears in front, 6-1.

After Lowell added another run in the top of the seventh, Kerr smacked a two-run double in the bottom of the frame to lift the Bears on top, 8-2. From there, Franco reached on an error in the eighth to push Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) across the plate for the seven-run lead. The River Hawks managed a final tally in the ninth, but it was not enough to spark a comeback as the Bears cruised to the victory.

The Bears return to action on Monday, March 24 when they visit William & Mary at 7 p.m.