Bears Explode for 25-9 Win Over Hartford In N.C.
March 22, 2008
Asheville, NC - Every Bear starter had at least two hits as the Brown baseball team (4-4) cruised to a 25-9 win over Hartford (3-8) at Greenwood Field in Asheville, N.C. on Saturday. The Bears got out to a huge lead early, scoring nine runs on six hits and three errors in the first inning, and eventually finished with 22 hits, taking advantage of eight Hawk errors.
Senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT) paced the offensive attack, going 4-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs. Freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) went 3-for-5 with a walk, driving in a team-high four runs and scoring twice. Sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL) had a team high with five runs scored, going 2-for-5 with three runs batted in.
At the top of the order, junior center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), senior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ), and junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) were all 2-for-6 with three runs scored, with Murphy and Nuzzo each driving in a pair. At the bottom, freshman second baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) and senior utilityman JJ Eno (Kahului, HI), who started at first base and moved to right field, were both 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Junior third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) was also 2-for-5, scoring once and driving in two. After entering the game as a pinch runner for Reardon, sophomore Chris Tanabe (Jupiter, FL) also had a single.
On the mound, freshman Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) earned his first career win in his first start, going five innings. He cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum, before hitting a rough stretch in the fourth, allowing four runs on five hits. He allowed a pair of runs in the fifth before departing.
Freshman Conor Burke (Andover, MA) was first out of the bullpen, allowing two runs, one on a solo home run, in two innings of work. Sophomore Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC) threw a scoreless eighth in his 2008 debut, allowing one hit and striking out one. Freshman Greg Karwaski (Media, PA) then made his collegiate debut in the ninth, allowing one run on a solo home run and striking out one.
In the key first inning, the Bears were aided by three Hartford errors as they sent 13 players to the plate. Each Brown batter scored once in the frame as the Bears rapped out six hits and drew one walk. Brown scored once more in the third, taking a 10-0 lead with nine of the runs counting as unearned, before the Hawks finally got on the board with four in the fourth. However, the Bears scored at least twice in innings four through eight, never allowing the Hawks to get back into the game.
For Hartford, corner infielder Mike Amendola was 4-for-5 with a home run, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Second baseman Ben Sobocinski was 3-for-5 with a home run, scoring twice and driving in two.
The Bears had just three extra-base hits in the game, doubles from Nuzzo, Zrenda, and Eno. Daniels and Puñal each had a stolen base.
The win begins a stretch of seven games in six days for Brown, who will play today's host, UNC Asheville, in a doubleheader on Sunday. Sophomore Will Weidig (Katy, TX) (1-1, 4.80) and senior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) (1-0, 3.55) will start on the mound. A live audio broadcast of both games will be available at www.uncabulldogs.com.