WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) led the way with three hits, but the Brown baseball team fell to the College of the Holy Cross, 9-0, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at Fitton Field. Brown moved to 8-18 overall, while the Crusaders improved to 11-23 on the season.
Brown collected seven hits, led by Sredojevic, who went 3-of-4 at the plate and stole two bases. A total of eight different pitchers tossed one full inning for the Bears, while George Capen threw went 1.2 innings of relief work for the Crusaders to earn the win.
After two scoreless innings, Holy Cross jumped on the board in the third with a pair of runs as Brandon Cipolla hit a two-run single to center for the early advantage. The Crusaders tacked on another run in the fourth by scoring on a balk for the three-run lead.
The Bears posted a hit in the fourth-straight inning when freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) singled to right field in the top of the fifth, but the visitors could not push him across the plate, as the Crusaders followed with three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the frame for the lead, 6-0.
Sredojevic led off the sixth with a single to center field, and the Bears put two runners on base when junior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) drew a two-out walk, but reliever Justin Finan picked up the two-out strikeout to escape out of the inning and preserve the shutout.
Brown recorded two more hits over the final three frames, but the Crusaders added one more run in the seventh and two in the eighth to seal the shutout victory.
The Bears return to Ivy League action this weekend when they host a four-game set against Dartmouth. The first game of Saturday's doubleheader will start at noon.