April 27, 2014

Baseball Drops Pair at Yale to Close Ivy Season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) launched two home runs, but the Brown baseball team dropped a pair of one-run games at Yale, 4-3 and 6-5, as the Bears wrapped up Ivy League play Sunday at Yale Field.

Brown moves to 12-22 on the season and 6-14 in Ivy action, while Yale improves to 19-21 overall and 11-9 in the league, guaranteeing at least a tie in the Red Rolfe division with Dartmouth.

In the first game, junior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) allowed four runs over six innings for the loss, while the Bears collected seven hits on the offensive end.

Yale built a four-run lead over the first four innings, while Bulldog starter Chris Lanham limited the Bears to just one hit through five frames.

Brown finally struck back with two runs on four hits in the sixth inning, scoring both runs with two outs. After junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) doubled to center field to send in J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.), freshman Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) followed with a one-run single to trim the lead to two, 4-2.

In the top of the seventh, Van Boom led off with a solo shot to left center, but the Bears could not score the equalizer as the home side held on for the win.

Brown racked up 15 hits in the second game, led by sophomore Noah Shulman (Sarasota, Fla.) with three hits to headline five individual multi-hit performances. Franco went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a trio of runs.

The Bears scored first with three runs in the second frame, as Van Boom homered for the second straight game with a two-run shot over the left field fence. Franco also reached on a fielder's choice to send in the third run for the early 3-0 lead.

Yale bounced right back, however, scoring two runs over the next two frames before a three-run fifth for the 5-3 advantage after seven innings.

Freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) led off the top of the eighth with a double to left center, before Franco crushed a two-run homer to even the score at 5-5. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs responded with the walk-off run in the bottom of the ninth, when Derek Brown was hit with the bases loaded, as Yale salvaged a split in the weekend series.

The Bears return to play with a non-conference contest at Rhode Island on Monday, April 28 at 3 p.m.