April 19, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Bears finished off a weekend sweep of Harvard on Sunday, taking the final two games of the four-game series, running their home record to 12-0-1 in the process. Behind another strong pitching performance, Brown took the first game 3-1, then used a big fifth inning to win the second contest 8-1. With the wins, Bruno's record improves to 19-16-1 overall, and 12-4 in Ivy League play.
The first game saw more outstanding pitching from the Bears, who allowed just six combined runs in the two games on Saturday. Sophomore Conor Burke (Andover, MA) got the start, throwing 5.1 innings and striking out five while allowing just one earned run. Though Harvard's pitchers were also solid, Brown scratched out three runs against the Crimson, and held on behind Burke's outing.
All three runs for the Bears came in the second inning, as the first two Brown batters reached base. Freshman Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) plated a pair with a two-run single as Bruno took an early 3-0 lead. Pitching then ruled the day, as the teams combined for just one run and one extra base hit over the remainder of the game. Sophomore Matt Kimball (Nashville, TN) came in to pitch the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit to pick up his eighth save of the season.
In the second game, junior Will Weidig (Katy, TX) got the start, and came out throwing well. Harvard picked up a run early, scoring in the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead. However, neither squad was able to push another across until the bottom of the fourth, when Brown tied the game on its first hit of the contest. After sophomore Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) worked a lead-off walk, Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, N.J.) brought him home with an RBI single, breaking up a Harvard no-hitter in the process.
Brown then added another run in the bottom of the fifth before breaking out in the sixth, pushing five runs across to take a 7-1 advantage. Though the Bears had no extra base hits in the frame, eight consecutive batters reached base in the rally, highlighted by a two-run single by sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT). The big inning essentially sealed the game for the Bears, as the relief pitching then brought it home for Brown, and Bruno added another run in the late innings to make it 8-1.
The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Worcester for a doubleheader with Holy Cross starting at 4:30 p.m.