April 25, 2009
New Haven, CT - The Bears split with Yale on the road on Saturday afternoon, winning a 3-1 pitching duel in the first game before falling 6-2 in the rematch. Brown improves to 20-18-1 overall, and 13-5 in Ivy League play after the games, meaning that the team will need to win both against the Bulldogs on Sunday to have a shot at the league title.
In the first game, Brown got off to a quick start, picking up a run in the top of the first on an RBI single from senior Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, N.J.). However, the star of the game was pitcher Mark Gormley (Milton, MA), who pitched a complete game, giving up just a single run while striking out four. Gormley allowed just two hits to the Bulldogs, keeping them off balance all afternoon.
After the teams traded runs in the fourth inning to make it 2-1, Brown added a third run in the top of the seventh to essentially seal the game. After senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led off with a double, catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) brought him in with an RBI single, giving Gormley all the insurance he would need in a 3-1 victory.
The second contest was similarly low scoring for most of the game. Yale scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the third, but Brown answered with a run of its own in the sixth to tie the game at one apiece. However, in the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs came through with five runs, taking a 6-1 lead that would be tough to overcome. The Bears added another run in the eighth on an RBI single from sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT), one of three hits in the game for him, but were unable to make any more progress, and ultimately fell 6-2.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when the series returns to Murray Stadium for another doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.