March 9, 2008
Gainesville, FL - After nearly sweeping their hosts on Saturday, the Brown baseball team (3-4) gave up nine runs in the first two innings to Florida (10-3) on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Gators, 13-2. The Bears could muster only four hits for the game, with senior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) and freshman second baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) driving in the two Brown runs.
Things started poorly for the Bears, as freshmen Matthew Kimball (Nashville, TN) and Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) lasted just an inning apiece after turning in great starts the previous week against UAB. Kimball earned the start, giving up four earned runs on four hits and two walks in the first. Feit relieved him to start the second, giving up three hits and one walk, but the second and third Brown errors of the game led to four of the five Gator runs going in unearned.
Freshman Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) was able to stop the bleeding in relief. After pitching to one batter last weekend in his collegiate debut, the left-hander went four innings in his second appearance of the season, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three.
With the score 10-0 after three, the Bears broke through in the fourth. Freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) drew a walk with one out, advancing to second on a wild pitch, then scoring on Zrenda's two-out single up the middle. That would be the only run for Brown off Florida freshman starter Tommy Toledo, who allowed two hits and three walks over five innings to earn the win.
The Gators got two runs in the sixth off of Gormley, and then scored once more in the seventh. Sophomore lefty Matt Boylan relieved Gormley to start the frame, walking the bases loaded before inducing a groundball to third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA), who threw the runner out at home. Senior Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT) then relieved Boylan, striking out the next batter before walking in a run and inducing a groundout to end the inning. Senior closer Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Murphy drove in senior first baseman J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) with two outs in the ninth for the 13-2 final.
For the Gators, center fielder Matt den Dekker was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the cleanup spot. Leadoff hitter Avery Barnes, the left fielder, scored three runs as well, while third baseman Jon Townsend drove in three.
After two weeks of practice in Providence, the Bears will head south for one last time for their Spring Break trip, playing seven games in six days in North Carolina and Virginia, beginning with a game against Hartford at UNC Asheville on Saturday, March 22.