Sixth-Inning Rally Sparks Bears to 14-10 Victory over Connecticut
April 16, 2008
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team (14-18, 5-7 Ivy) exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning en route to a 14-10 defeat over the visiting University of Connecticut (19-19, 6-9 Big East) Huskies on Wednesday evening at Murray Stadium.
The Bears notched two runs in the first inning when designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT) hit a homerun to left field to bring score left fielder Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT). A scoreless second inning for both teams led to the Huskies picking up two runs in the top of the third when Pat Mahoney scored on a throwing error. Mike Nemeth brought in the team's second run after he grounded out to first base.
In the third inning, senior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) brought in Bruno's go-ahead run after a grounder to second base scored Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) who smashed a triple over UConn's center fielder to put the score at 3-2.
Connecticut then scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, only to be answered by a nine-run outburst by Bruno in the bottom of the sixth. Eno scored the first run of the inning after a wild pitch, and Nick Punal (Palm Beach, FL) singled through the right side to score Reardon. Brown combined for a few more runs, including Kellehar's single to center field to bring in two runs to put the score at 9-4. The Bears went on to score three more to take a 12-4 lead heading into the seventh.
The battling Huskies notched three runs in the seventh, and another in the eighth, but Bruno tallied two in the bottom of the eighth to put the score at 14-8. A homerun by Mike Olt brought in two runs for the Huskies, but it wasn't enough, falling to the Bears, 14-10.
UConn's Dusty Odenach received the loss at the mound, allowing five hits and five runs in just five at bats. Brown's Matthew Kimball (Nashville, TN) earned the win, improving his record to 2-1 on the season.
The Bears will travel to Boston on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday April 20, to take on Harvard in doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.