March 30, 2009

Bears Sweep Princeton to Wrap Up Weekend

March 30, 2009

Box Score

Princeton, N.J. - Brown continued to play well on the first weekend of Ivy play, sweeping a doubleheader with Princeton by a combined score of 14-5. Junior infielder Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) had a terrific day at the plate for the Bears, going four-for-six with a pair of walks, a home run, and four RBI's. With the win, Brown improves to 6-11 overall, and 3-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 8-9 on the season, and 1-3 in league play.

In the opener, the Bears struck first in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs to take the early lead. Though Princeton answered back with two of its own in the third, Brown regained the lead in the fourth, going up 3-2. Bruno then broke the game open with three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, giving up just a single run to the Tigers and holding on for a 7-3 win.

Senior Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, N.J.) had the big hit in the late innings, knocking in a three-run home run in the sixth to essentially seal the game. Classmate Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) also came through with a lead-off double, and then came around to score the final run for the Bears in the seventh. Junior Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA) had a solid start for Bruno, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing just two earned runs to pick up the win. Closer Matt Kimball (Nashville, TN) picked up the save by throwing 2.2 innings and allowing just three hits and one earned run.

In the second game, the Tigers came out hot, scoring two runs in the first inning to take the early lead off righty Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.). Feit quickly settled down, however, and shut out Princeton the rest of the way. The sophomore starter allowed just six hits for the game, and struck out three.

After failing to score for the first three innings, the Bears finally broke through in the fourth, when Papenhause hit his home run to tie the game at two apiece. Brown then followed with five runs over the next two innings, capping off the scoring in a 7-2 game. Sophomore Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) hit his second home run of the weekend in the fifth, bringing in a pair, while Daniels had a solo shot to open the sixth.

The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, when they open their home schedule with a doubleheader against Rhode Island starting at 2:00 p.m.