April 29, 2009
Providence, R.I. - The Bears continued their unbeaten home streak, running their record to 16-0-1 at Murray Stadium with 7-3 and 2-1 wins over Bryant on Wednesday afternoon. Brown had all facets of the game working, winning with terrific pitching, timely hitting, and several impressive defensive plays leading to the sweep. With the wins, Brown improves to 24-18-1 on the season.
The first game featured some opportunistic offense from the Bears, who broke the game open with a big fifth inning. Brown scored one run in each of the first three innings, taking a 3-2 lead as Bryant managed just a pair of unearned runs in the second frame. Sophomore Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) got the start for Bruno, and went the distance while giving up three runs, including just one earned. The Bulldogs had a difficult time solving Gormley though, as he fanned nine Bryant batters, and looked to have them off balance all afternoon.
Brown broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth, coming up with some clutch hitting to put away the contest. With two outs, senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) knocked a two-run triple into right field, followed by an RBI double from sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT). In all, the Bears scored four runs in the frame to take a 7-3 lead. Pitching ruled the rest of the way, as Gormley kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the last two innings, and Bruno held on to take the opener.
The second contest was a tightly fought pitching duel, as junior Rob Wilcox (Columbia, S.C.) turned in another solid outing. Wilcox threw 5.2 innings, allowing a single earned run while striking out three Bulldogs. Sophomore closer Matt Kimball (Nashville, TN) then slammed the door on Bryant, going the last 1.1 innings to close out the game, including striking out the side in the ninth. With the save, Kimball tied the career saves record at Brown in his first season in that role, a terrific achievement for the righty.
Offensively, the Bears were also largely shut down in the second game. After scoring one run in the first to take the early lead, Brown was shut out until the fourth, when senior Nick Punal (Palm Beach, FL) hit an RBI double to take a 2-1 lead. The margin would prove to be enough though, as the Bears took the sweep.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they close out the season at home against Bryant at 4:00 p.m.