Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Cornell

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) led the way with three hits, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Cornell, 4-1 and 6-5, in Ivy League play Sunday afternoon at Murray Stadium. 


Brown moves to 6-14 on the season, while Cornell improves to 13-11 overall.

Junior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) was impressive as the starter in the first game, as he went the full seven innings, allowing three earned runs to pair with six strikeouts. Brent Jones picked up the win for the Big Red, giving up one run on four hits.

The two pitchers battled over the course of the first six innings, allowing a combined four hits for scoreless play entering the seventh and final frame.

In the top of the seventh, Chris Cruz broke the scoreless contest with a two-run double, before Spencer Scorza drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. The Big Red added a fourth run by means of an error to move out in front, 4-0.

Kerr opened the bottom of the seventh with a double to right field and later scored on a passed ball, but Jones forced a final pop-up to give the Big Red the victory.

In the second game, senior Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) allowed just two earned runs over 6.2 innings for the no decision, while Cornell's Paul Balestrieri earned the win behind five scoreless innings of relief work. Kerr went 2-for-3 at the plate with one walk to pace the offense.

After Cornell scored one run in the first, the Bears rebounded with one in the second, as Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) drove in Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) on a ground out to even the score.

The Bears put up two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a two-run lead. With two runners in scoring position, senior Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) crossed the plate on third strike passed ball, before Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) doubled in another run to give the home side the advantage, 3-1.

Cornell responded with one run in the top of the fourth, but Kukowski drove in a run in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly to regain the two-run lead.

After Cornell tacked on a run in the top of the fifth, the Bears held on a to a one-run lead for two innings, before the Big Red scored three runs on five hits in the top of the eighth to take the lead, 6-4.

The Bears made it interesting with one run in the bottom of the ninth, as Jake Levine (Newtown, Mass.) singled to center and then scored on a wild pitch, but the home side could not push across the equalizer as the Big Red held on for the win.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 9 when they visit Connecticut for a non-conference contest at 3:30 p.m.