Brown baseball swept in doubleheader
Dartmouth took the first game 4-3 behind the strong pitching of Patrick Dowling, who allowed eight hits in six innings but only three runs. Brown took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Rick Lynn was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a Dan Kantrovitz groundout, and scored on a Shaun Gallagher single. Dartmouth countered with a homer in the bottom of the first to knot the score at one.
After Brown scored again in the third to make it 2-1, the Green scored twice in the home half to take a 3-2 lead, and never trailed the rest of the way. Brown threatened in the fifth, but Todd Iarussi hit into an inning-ending double play to preserve the 4-3 Dartmouth lead with runners at the corners. Jamie Grillo went six innings for Brown and took the loss, allowing nine hits and four runs, two earned. He fanned five Dartmouth batters in falling to 1-4 on the season. Offensively, Kantrovitz went 2-4 with an RBI, Lynn went 2-3, scoring twice and driving in one, and Rob Deeb went 2-3. In the second game, Dartmouth went up 9-0 before the Bears scored a run, but the Bears battled back to make it a three-run game with a five-run eighth. Six Brown pitchers allowed 14 hits as the Green completed the sweep.
The Brown offense pounded out 12 hits, but left 8 runners on base, despite the gallant comeback. Steve McCaughey was the offensive star for Brown, as he went 4-5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, belting a line drive homer in the sixth. Kantrovitz added a 1-3 performance with a pair of ribbies and a run scored, while Todd Iarussi snapped out of his recent slump with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
The Bears, now 12-16 and 6-4 in Ivy play, hold a half-game advantage over Dartmouth and Harvard in the Ivy League Rolfe Division. Brown takes on URI on Tuesday at McCoy Stadium, and will host Quinnipiac on Wednesday before facing Harvard in a pair of critical doubleheaders next weekend at Aldrich-Dexter Field.