PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team dropped a pair of one-run games to Yale, both by a 5-4 decision, as the Bears wrapped up the 2017 campaign on Sunday at Attanasio Family Field at Murray Stadium.
Brown completes the season at 13-24 overall and 6-14 in the Ivy League, while Yale (27-16, 16-4) captured the Red Rolfe division title and will move on to the Ivy League Championship series.
The opening game was originally scheduled for seven innings, but went 10 frames, and the second game was called after seven innings due to darkness.
After a field dedication prior to the doubleheader, Brown continued its season-long celebration of the new baseball facility, as Mark Attanasio '79 threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the opener and Brown's Vice President for Facilities Management, Steve Maiorisi, threw the first pitch for the second game.
Senior Max Ritchie (Woodbridge, Conn.) went nine innings for the Bears in the no decision, allowing four runs with five strikeouts. Griffin Dey earned the win for the Bulldogs behind 2.2 innings of work in relief.
Yale scored two runs in the first, but the Bears answered with two in the third to even the score, as Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) hit an RBI single up the middle and scored later in the inning on a groundout. After Yale scored two more in the fifth, the Bears responded once again after a 30-minute lighting delay with two runs in the bottom half, when Huntley and Deere provided RBI singles.
Ritchie held the Bulldogs to just two hits over the next four innings, but the visitors broke through in the top of the tenth, scoring one unearned run on a sacrifice fly. Dey returned to the mound for a 1-2-3 bottom half to seal the win.
Game 2: Yale 5, Brown 4 (7 Innings)
Senior Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) paced the Brown offense with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate in the second game. Sophomore Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) added two hits with two runs scored and Henry drove in two runs.
Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) went six innings as the starter for the Bears, allowing three earned runs with six strikeouts in a no-decision, while Thomas Espig picked up the win for the Bulldogs out of the bullpen.
Henry gave the Bears an early lead with a leadoff home run in the first before Deere added a sacrifice fly later in the frame for the two-run advantage. Yale chipped away with a solo homer in the second, and after Henry picked up another RBI on a groundout, Alex Boos singled in a run in the fifth to pull the Bulldogs within one, 3-2.
Yale took the lead in the top of the sixth when Benny Wanger hit a two-run home run to left center, but the Bears bounced right back, as Homza doubled and then crossed the plate on an error to even the score, 4-4.
The Bulldogs regained the lead in the seventh as Boos scored on a groundout with the bases loaded, but Samuel Hauser (New York, N.Y.) picked up the next two outs to limit the damage to one run. Brown managed to load the bases with two outs in the bottom half, but it was not enough, as Tyler Duncan came in for a final popup for the one-out save.