April 2, 2007

Bears Drop Make-up Game to Cornell, 5-4

April 2, 2007

Box Score

Ithaca, NY - In a makeup of a game postponed by rain on Sunday, the Brown baseball team (7-13, 2-2 Ivy League) dropped its second game in as many days to Cornell (9-11, 3-1), 5-4, on Monday at Hoy Field. Although they were able to cut into the lead every time the Big Red scored, the Bears stranded tying runs on third base three times in the loss.

Junior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) got the start for the Bears, allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits and one walk, striking out four. Freshman Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA) gave up the fifth run, and was followed by junior Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT), who got a fly out to end a rally in the sixth before allowing two baserunners in the seventh. Junior closer Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) entered in the seventh with runners on second and third with no outs and was dominant, striking out four of the seven batters he faced, allowing one walk and no runs.

Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) had his team-leading eighth multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch. He was one of seven Bears with an extra-base hit, as junior Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) had a pinch-hit triple and Dietz, junior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI), and sophomores Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, NJ), and Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) all roped doubles.

The Bears opened the game by jumping out to a 1-0 lead. Daniels led off with a double down the left field line. During Eno's at-bat, he advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the Cornell catcher. However, the Big Red got a pair of unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, as a fielding error by second baseman Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) prolonged the inning, and a steal, a single and a triple got two runs in.

The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when Cornell got a run to double its lead. In the meantime, the Bears had stranded a pair of runners at third. In the fourth, Dietz doubled with one out and advanced to third on a balk, and in the fifth, Shapiro doubled to lead off and moved to third on a ground out for the second out of the inning, but neither scored.

In the sixth, Brown finally cashed in an early baserunner. Eno doubled to lead off, advancing to third when senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) flew out to center during the next at-bat. Dietz brought him in with a single to cut the lead to one.

Cornell got a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, as Boylan gave up a two-RBI triple, but again Brown rallied to cut the lead to one. Senior Adjatay Nyadjroh (Somerville, MA) led off with a pinch-hit walk, then scored on Papenhause's double, although the sophomore was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Kelaher pinch hit next, roping a triple to center, scoring two batters later when freshman Chris Tanabe (Jupiter, FL) pinch hit for Eno and singled to center.

Despite Hallberg's domination of the Cornell lineup the next two innings, the Bears could not score the tying run. In the eighth, Nuzzo doubled with one out, and pinch runner Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) moved over to third on a wild pitch. However, a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.

The Bears will play a doubleheader against intra-state rival URI on Wednesday in Kingston at 2 p.m., then play their first home games this weekend with doubleheaders against Columbia and Penn on Saturday and Sunday. Both sets start at noon.