PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) tossed a complete game win to send the Brown baseball team past Yale in the first game, 12-1, before the Bears dropped the second game, 10-2, in Saturday's Ivy League doubleheader at Yale Field.
Brown moves to 13-22 overall and 6-12 in the Ivies, while league-leading Yale moves to 25-16 and 14-4.
Game 1: Brown 12, Yale 1
Rookie Rich Ciufo (Medford, N.Y.) paced Brown's 11-hit effort with three hits and three runs scored, while Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) had two hits with a home run and five RBIs. Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) added two hits and Cameron Deere (Los Angeles, Calif.) drove in three runs.
Taugner went the full seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the season, allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts. Brown touched up Yale ace Scott Politz for eight earned runs over 4.2 frames.
Huntley gave the Bears an early lead in the top of the first as he launched a three-run home run over the left field fence for his fourth homer of the season.
After three scoreless innings, the Bears erupted for six runs on six hits in the top of the fifth, starting when Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) hit a one-out, RBI single. Grigo tripled in a run and Huntley added a one-run single, before Deere blasted a two-run homer to left field. Fellow rookie Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) followed with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field, to wrap up the frame.
Yale posted its first hit against Taugner in the bottom of the fifth, scoring one run in the inning, but the Bears answered in the sixth when the Huntley and Deere both scored on walks. Brown added one more run in the seventh when Ciufo scored on a wild pitch, before Taugner retired the side in order to seal the complete game win.
Game 2: Yale 10, Brown 2
Deere went 2-for-3 at the plate in the second game and also drove in one run to lead the Brown offense. Freshman Will Tomlinson (Irvine, Calif.) went five innings as the starter, allowing three earned runs in the loss, while Eric Brodkowitz picked up the win for the Bulldogs.
Huntley gave the Bears an early lead with a sacrifice fly in the first, but the home side came back with two in the second, moving in front by one, 2-1. After three scoreless innings, the Bulldogs tacked on six runs on four hits and one error in the sixth for the seven-run advantage.
Deere drove home Grigo with an RBI single in the eighth, but the Bulldogs scored two more times in the bottom half to secure the win and Saturday split.
Brown will host Yale in a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 1 PM. Both games will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.