Bears Drop a Pair By Two to Sacred Heart, 2-0 and 5-3

March 23, 2007

Box Score

Yaphank, NY - In a pair of close contests, the Brown baseball team (1-8) dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Sacred Heart (6-8) on Thursday. Although they got a solid effort on the mound in the first game from freshman Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA), who went five innings and gave up one earned run in his first collegiate start, the Bears were unable to generate any offense, losing 2-0. Then, despite putting the tying run on second in the seventh, Bruno dropped the nightcap by a 5-3 count.

Boylan made the most of his first college start in the opener. He allowed just three hits and two walks in five innings, striking out four. Unfortunately for him and the Bears, Sacred Heart's Jay Monti and Lamar George combined to allow four hits and three walks, striking out seven. Freshman Will Ellis (Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL) threw a scoreless sixth, allowing one hit and striking out one batter in his first collegiate appearance.

Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) was dynamic at the top of the order, going 2-for-3 with two steals, and starting the Bears' two best scoring opportunities. In the third, Daniels singled with two outs, then advanced to second on his first steal. Junior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) followed with a walk, but senior tri-captain Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) flew out to end the inning. Thomas again singled with two outs in the fifth, this time stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Eno again walked, but Thomas grounded out for the third out. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) and freshman Nick Puñal (Wellington, FL) had the Bears' other two hits on a double and single, respectively.

The Brown lineup was able to break through in the second game, but not before the Pioneers jumped out to a lead in the first. In the Bears' half of the inning, Daniels singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Eno followed with a single, stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball, but he was stranded there.

Sacred Heart touched senior tri-captain Ethan Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT) for two runs on a trio of doubles in the bottom half, but Brown answered back in the top of the second. Senior Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) reached on an error to lead off, and sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) walked. Junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) hit into a fielder's choice to put runners on first and third, then stole second. A Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) and a Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) single brought in the two runs to tie the game.

However, the game did not stay tied long. The Pioneers retook the lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run, then got two more in the fifth on an RBI double. After freshman Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC) relieved Silverstein, pitching a hitless, scoreless sixth, Brown rallied in the top of the seventh. Eno led off with a single, advancing to second and third on wild pitches. Thomas brought Eno home, advancing to first on an error by the first baseman himself. After a pair of strikeouts, Nuzzo reached on an error by the second baseman, with Thomas advancing to third. Nuzzo stole second, but Murphy struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

Coach Marek Drabinski's Bears will have little time to dwell on the losses. They will depart on Friday for seven games in six days in South Carolina - four against Charleston Southern, two against The Citadel and one against Francis Marion University. Following that trip, Brown will kick off the Ivy League season with doubleheaders against Princeton and Cornell on March 31 and April 1.