April 18, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Bears took a pair from Harvard on Saturday afternoon, pushing their way back into the chase for the Red Rolfe division title. After Brown won the first game 3-1 on a terrific performance by sophomore starter Mark Gormley (Milton, MA), the Bears followed with an 8-5 win sparked by the offense. With the victories, Bruno improves to 17-16-1 overall, and 10-4 in Ivy League play.
In the initial contest, Brown came up with two big hits early, scoring three runs in the process before holding on behind the pitching of Gormley. In the second, senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) knocked in an RBI double, giving Brown the early 2-0 lead. Classmate Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) then followed with a solo home run in the bottom of the third, capping off Brown's scoring for the game.
Three runs was all it would take, however, as Gormley went 6.1 innings, striking out six while allowing just a single run. Sophomore Matt Kimball (Nashville, TN) then came in for the final two outs, getting the first of two saves on the day, and breaking the Brown single season record in the process. Kimball got the final out with the tying run on second, dealing a deflating blow to the Crimson in the process.
The second game quickly took on a different tone, as the Bears scored a pair in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI double from senior Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA). After Harvard came back with a run of its own in the second, Papenhause struck again to answer in the third, this time with an RBI triple to stretch Bruno's lead to 3-1.
Brown's offense really came to life in the fourth, however. After a quick out, the next two runners reached base to set up Daniels, who came through with a big three-run home run to essentially seal the game for Brown. Sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) and Papenhause each hit solo home runs later in the game to pad the lead, and Kimball once again recorded the save in an 8-5 win.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Harvard in another doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.