Feb. 29, 2008
Birmingham, AL - Despite an impressive collegiate debut from freshman Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, NJ), the Brown baseball team (0-1) dropped its season-opener at UAB (3-3), 4-1, at Young Memorial Field on Friday. The Bears scored the game's first run, but UAB was able to tie the game in the sixth and score three runs in the eighth to pull out the win.
Feit was impressive as the Bears' starter, allowing just two hits and walking four in five scoreless innings, striking out two. However, UAB starter Mitch Kloskowski was even better, throwing a complete game, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks, striking out seven.
Still, it was the Bears who got on the board first. Freshman second baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) led off the top of the third with a single through the left side in his first career at-bat. He proceeded to steal second, then advance to third base on a groundout to third by freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY). Senior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI), starting at first base, then brought Zrenda home with a groundout to second. Junior center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) kept the inning alive with a single to right center, but Kloskowski was able to strike out junior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) to end the inning.
Feit was able to keep the Blazers at bay for the next three innings, but the Blazers were able to come back in the sixth to tie things up. Freshman Conor Burke (Andover, MA) entered the game to make his college debut, but allowed three walks to the three batters he faced. However, after allowing a sacrifice fly and hitting a batter, senior Anthony Vita (West Babylon, NY) induced a groundball to third base, retiring the runner at home, and a foul pop-up to third, retiring the side to keep the damage to a minimum.
After both teams went down 1-2-3 in the seventh and the Bears again in the top of the eighth, Vita induced a flyout to left to start the bottom of the inning. However, UAB's Luke Stewart singled on a groundball to junior third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA), advancing to second on Papenhause's throwing error. Cody McMurray also reached on a throwing error by Papenhause, as pinch-runner Allen Aubin advanced to third. The next batter, Andrew Manning, reached when Vita was unable to retire any runners on a ball back to the mound, scoring one run, then Ben Hardy brought in two more with a double to left field. Vita induced a ground ball back to the mound for the second out before giving way to senior Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT), who struck out the one batter he faced looking.
Zrenda, Colantonio, and Eno were all 1-for-3 at the plate, with Daniels going 1-for-4. Eno had the Bears' lone extra-base hit with a double down the left field line in the fifth.
The Blazers had four players with one hit apiece. They also won despite stranding nine baserunners to Brown's three.