PHILADELPHIA – The Brown baseball team used an early six-run lead to pave the way to a victory over Penn in the first game, 8-5, but fell in the second game, 3-1, as the Bears split the Ivy League opener Saturday at Meiklejohn Stadium.
Brown moves to 7-11 overall and 1-1 in Ivy play, while Penn stands at 8-12 on the season.
Game 1 (Brown 8, Penn 5)
Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI, while Brian Ginsberg (Calabasas, Calif.) had two hits and drove in three runs. Noah Shulman (Merrick, N.Y.) also had two hits.
Brown scored first with three runs on three hits in the top of the second. After Grigo scored on a groundout, Ginsberg hit an RBI double to right field and Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) later crossed the plate on a groundout.
In the top of the third, Grigo doubled in Shulman before Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) hit an RBI single to left field for the five-run lead.
After Shulman tacked on another run with an RBI single in the fourth, the Quakers jumped on the board with three runs in the bottom half of the frame and then scored another run in the fifth to pull within two, 6-4.
The Bears responded in the seventh when Ginsberg drove home a pair of runs with a double to left field. The home side managed to get one run back in the bottom half, but Bosnic prevented further damage to seal the win.
Sophomore Reid Anderson (Aledo, Texas) took the loss as he allowed three runs in six innings with three strikeouts. Matt Beyer (Los Angeles, Calif.) tossed two scoreless innings in relief. Gabe Kleiman threw six scoreless innings on the other side to earn the win.
After five scoreless innings, the Quakers broke open the scoring with three runs on three hits in the sixth inning.
Brown was able to get on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, Fla.) drove in Levine with an RBI single to right field to trim the lead to two, 3-1.
Brown threated in the top of the ninth as Ginsberg and Homza hit back-to-back doubles, but the Jake Nelson got out of the jam to pick up the save and salvage the split.
Brown will visit defending league champion Columbia for a doubleheader tomorrow at noon.